‘Ever-Expanding Options’ Prolong Life, but Spark Conflicts: Upfront communication prevents disagreements

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Abstract

Surrogates may be struggling to let go of a loved one, may not understand clinical realities, or may have religious or cultural beliefs about withdrawal or withholding of life-sustaining medical interventions. Regardless of the reason, families sometimes want to “do everything” when the clinical team feels it’s time to stop.

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