10 reasons doctors provide futile end-of-life treatment

THE main reason Australian doctors provide futile treatments at the end of life is that they're trained to treat, according to interviews with nearly 100 clinicians.

Researchers interviewed 96 doctors at three Brisbane hospitals about their experience with futile treatments and the various factors at play.

Eighty-one nominated "trained to treat" as a reason for providing futile treatment, ahead of "family or patient request", nominated by 63.

"It's much easier to treat than to have high-level discussions where you talk about end of