What The Study Did: Patients with chronic life-limiting illnesses often have medical orders with treatment limitations in place regarding medical interventions and intensive care unit admissions near the end of their lives. This observational study included about 1,800 patients with such orders who were hospitalized within six months of their death to examine how often care was consistent with those orders.
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Authors: Robert Y. Lee, M.D., M.S., of the University of Washington in Seattle, is the corresponding author.
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Media advisory: The full study and editorial are linked to this news release. The study is being released to coincide with presentation at the Society of Critical Care Medicine's 49th Critical Care Congress.
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