publication . Article . 2015

GPs and end of life decisions : views and experiences

Abela, Jurgen;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2015
  • Publisher: Malta Medical Journal
  • Country: Malta
The views and experiences of GPs with respect to end of life (EoL) care are seldom addressed. The aim of this article is to better understand this aspect of care. A cross-sectional survey of all doctors in the country was designed and set up. The overall response was 396 (39.7%), 160 of which were GPs. 28.7% of GPs received no formal training in palliative medicine. 89.8% of respondents declared that their religion was important in EoL care. 45.3% agreed with the right of a patient to decide whether or not to hasten the EoL. 70.5% agreed that physicians should aim to preserve life. 15% of GPs withdrew or withheld treatment in the care of these patients. 41.1% ha...
Medical Subject Headings: humanitieseducation
free text keywords: Terminal care -- Malta, Palliative treatment -- Malta, Family medicine -- Malta, Physicians (General practice) -- Malta
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