End-of-life communication: a retrospective survey of representative general practitioner networks in four countries.

Last updated on 22-8-2019 by Anonymous (not verified)

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CONTEXT: Effective communication is central to high-quality end-of-life care.OBJECTIVES: This study examined the prevalence of general practitioner (GP)-patient discussion of end-of-life topics (according to the GP) in Italy, Spain, Belgium, and The Netherlands and associated patient and care characteristics.METHODS: This cross-sectional, retrospective survey was conducted with representative GP networks. Using a standardized form, GPs recorded the health and care characteristics in the last three months of life, and the discussion of 10 end-of-life topics, of all patients who died under th…

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