Dying still taboo in general practice

GPs are failing to discuss dying and end of life wishes with their patients, with a UK survey finding one in four are avoiding the subject.

In line with a general reluctance in the community to talk about death and dying, many GPs are also disinclined to broach the issue despite the harsh reality that on average around 20 of their patients will die each year.

However, on the upside, the survey of just over 1000 GPs showed a marked improvement in attitudes from two years ago when