Doctors often 'deeply conflicted' over end-of-life wishes

Futile treatments and out-of-date plans test doctors resolve to abide by advanced care directives: Aussie study

Doctors can be “deeply conflicted” and sometimes struggle to comply with a patient’s end-of-life plans, especially if they feel the condition is treatable or they doubt the directive’s validity, an Australian study shows. 

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The Victorian researchers say that hospital specialists are motivated most by a patient’s best interests, ahead of respecting their autonomy, when making medical decisions based on advance care directives (ACDs).

“Doctors tended to rely on their own clinical judgement to make treatment decisions,