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End-of-life medical decisions in France: a death certificate follow-up survey 5 years after the 2005 act of parliament on patients’ rights and end of life

Pennec, Sophie; Monnier, Alain; Pontone, Silvia; Aubry, Régis


UNLABELLED BACKGROUND The "Patients' Rights and End of Life Care" Act came into force in France in 2005. It allows withholding/withdrawal of life-support treatment, and intensified use of medications that may hasten death through a double effect, as long as hastening death is not the purpose of the decision. It also specifies the requirements of the decision-making process. This study assesses the situation by examining the frequency of end-of-life decisions by patients' and physicians'...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012-12-03
Type: Journal article
Source: BMC Palliative Care
DOI: 10.1186/1472-684X-11-25
Access Rights: Open Access


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