Doctors devise 29-point death checklist

An Australian intensive care professor and a public health academic have developed an assessment tool that helps doctors identify elderly patients who are likely to die within three months and for whom aggressive treatment is likely to be futile.

The aim is to kick-start frank discussions about end-of-life care for those patients whose death is imminent, say Professor Ken Hillman and Dr Magnolia Cardona-Morrell, who have named the tool CRISTAL (Critera for Screening and Triaging to Appropriate Alternative Care).

It consists of a 29