End-of-life care in general practice

Doctors who ask themselves if they would be surprised if a specific patient dies in the next year are better able to predict death in those with advanced cancer, according to a prospective study among GPs.

However, the researchers from the University of New South Wales say it is unclear whether this should influence clinical practice.

Forty two GPs participated in the study involving 231 patients with stage IV solid-cell cancer. At the beginning of

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