Doctors lack knowledge about end-of-life laws

Specialists appear unable to make competent end-of-life decisions involving the withholding and withdrawing of medical treatment, according a study published in the MJA.  

The study led by Ben White from the Queensland University of Technology shows a mean score of 3.26 out of seven in a knowledge test about the validity of an advance care directive (ACD) and the authority of substitute decision-makers.

Close to 900 specialists in emergency medicine, geriatric medicine, intensive care, medical oncology, palliative medicine, renal medicine and respiratory medicine took part and few were able to

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