6 conditions patients believe to be worse than death

While death may be considered the ultimate 'adverse outcome' by doctors, many patients with serious illness consider some debilitating conditions to be even worse than death.

The findings come from a study by the University of Pennsylvania, US, that asked 180 patients with severe life-threatening illnesses to rate 10 different aspects of debility in comparison with their concerns about death.

The responses showed that six conditions were rated as bad or worse than death by a significant proportion of patients:

  1. Bowel