Docs lack end-of-life decision-making info

Almost 40,000 adult deaths occur each year following a decision to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment, according to the study published in the latest edition of the MJA.

A survey of 867 specialists working in emergency, geriatric, palliative, renal and respiratory medicine, as well as those working in intensive care and medical oncology, found there were critical gaps in the legal knowledge of many doctors who practise end-of-life medicine. For example, the authors found many doctors do not possess sufficient knowledge to