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Fearing Lawsuits, Some Physicians Provide Unwanted Medical Treatments To Seriously Ill Patients

Physician decision-making is often tinged with concern for legal liability, causing some doctors to provide unwanted, often futile, medical treatments to patients nearing death, said an attorney and bioethicist to a crowd this week at the University of Chicago’s MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. “Clinical challenges at the end of life are often about […]

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Reflections Of Med Students Upon First Patient Deaths Prove Valuable To Experienced Clinicians

Medical students caring for the terminally ill must learn to be both sensitive and resilient to cope with workplace stress and provide comfort to patients and their families, said a bioethicist to a crowd this week at the University of Chicago’s MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. “Being present to patients and families is a […]

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End Of Life Care For Children Is Different

End of life care for terminally ill children differs significantly from therapies designed for adults nearing death, said a palliative care physician and bioethicist this week at the University of Chicago’s MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. Each year in the U.S., thousands of seriously ill children continue with curative therapies while enrolled in hospice or palliative medicine programs, even when cure is […]

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POLST Pioneer Susan Tolle: How Care Preferences May Become “For Tonight”

For many seriously ill and aged Americans, advance health care directives alone will not be enough to ensure their end of life care preferences are honored in case of  emergency or incapacity, said Oregon Health and Science University medicine professor Dr. Susan Tolle during a lecture Wednesday at the University of Chicago MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. […]

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