How doctors get sucked into inappropriate care

Frailty in old age is similar to cancer in that it may be terminal, writes intensive care specialist Professor Ken Hillman in his new book, A Good Life to the End.*

Doctors are able to predict the likelihood of survival for elderly individuals and groups of patients with some accuracy. “However, this does not seem to influence the use of inappropriate and aggressive medical care,” writes Professor Hillman.

He says patient safety includes managing the dying and frail safely, not just preventing potentially preventable adverse events.

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