Professor says physicians often seek less end of life care than most Americans

In the Wall Street Journal Dr. Ken Murray, a retired clinical assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Southern California, wrote that physicians generally ask for less care at the end of life than most Americans.

One study found that more than 64% of physicians had advance directives, compared to approximately 20% of the general public. Murray argues that physicians may be more aware of the limits of certain treatments, and therefore tend to focus on quality of life. He argues that more of us should do the same.

I’ll have much more on this story in my next blog, “How doctors die: It’s not like the rest of us, but it should be.”

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