21 Sep '11, 4am

End-of-life care at NUH is below par, says study conducted in 2007

End-of-life care at NUH is below par, says study conducted in 2007

A study of the case notes for all 683 people who died in the National University hospital's general wards in 2007 has found that of those who were not resuscitated, only 4 per cent had been asked about it. -- PHOTO: KEVIN LIM By Salma Khalik, Health Correspondent It is an agonising life-or-death decision. Should doctors resuscitate a terminally ill patient who is nearing the end anyway? Understandably, they are not always able to get the person's consent. But a study has found that even when patients are alert and able to talk, this issue is still rarely discussed with them. And many terminally ill people are given aggressive treatments during their last 24 hours, which may cause unnecessary pain while merely postponing the inevitable. Related Links Care of dying patients at NUH The study by a team of doctors concludes that the quality of end-of-life care in public hospita...

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