Terminally ill doctors struggle in patient role

Terminally ill doctors create challenges for palliative care teams because they find it difficult to relinquish control to other physicians, researchers say.

An Australian study shows doctors receiving palliative care often attempt to:

  • take charge of decisions about their treatment
  • bypass usual referral pathways
  • self-prescribe
  • seek advice from external medical colleagues
  • brush off input from junior doctors
  • call up consultants during non-working hours