Singapore study explores family role in end-of-life care decisions

01/16/2013 | MedWire News (U.K.)

Singapore researchers found that families of patients in a cancer ward sometimes did not share diagnoses with their loved ones and made end-of-life care decisions without including the patients, according to a study of 55 cancer cases reported in BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care. "Relatives may believe they are making decisions based on a patient's best interests. ... However, it is difficult to see how a decision can be made ... when the patient has been excluded from the process," researchers wrote.

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