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Admission aux soins intensifs d'un patient en soins palliatifs : enjeux et facteurs influençant la décision

Published inRevue médicale suisse, vol. 13, no. 548, p. 323-325
Publication date2017

Palliative care patients have limited prospects of survival and the benefit of intensive care is uncertain. To make a decision there are considerations other than survival probabilities. Patients should receive appropriate care and be spared suffering. End of life in the intensive care unit has an impact on families, who may develop psychological problems or complicated grief. End of life care can be a source of conflicts and cause burnout in health providers. Finally, intensive care is an expensive resource, which must be fairly allocated. In these complex situations, patient preferences help make a decision. However, they have often not been discussed with the physicians. General practitioners have a role to play by promoting advance care planning with their patients.

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ESCHER, Monica, NENDAZ, Mathieu, RICOU, Bara. Admission aux soins intensifs d’un patient en soins palliatifs : enjeux et facteurs influençant la décision. In: Revue médicale suisse, 2017, vol. 13, n° 548, p. 323–325.
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