The dirty secrets your doctor won't tell you. The treatments that they talk you into (for $$$$$) would not take it themselves!
Most doctors would turn down aggressive treatment if they were terminally ill, new research has found. Dr Kate Granger (pictured), who has terminal cancer, has talked about choosing to stop having chemotherapy
Most doctors would turn down the option of aggressive treatment if they were terminally ill, a study has found.
They say they would opt for a 'do not resuscitate’ approach should they find themselves on the receiving end of medical treatment.
Yet they tend to pursue aggressive, life-prolonging treatment for patients facing the same prognosis, Stanford University School of Medicine found.
However, studies found many patients would prefer to die at home without life-prolonging interventions but are often ignored.
The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, found 88.3 per cent of doctors would choose ‘do not resuscitate’ orders for themselves and argued the reason behind this disparity and how patients are treated needed to be better understood.
Clinical associate professor of medicine Dr VJ Periyakoil said: ‘Why do we physicians choose to pursue such aggressive treatment for our patients when we wouldn't choose it for ourselves? The reasons likely are multifaceted and complex.’
As a geriatrics doctor she understands the difference between the type of care doctors want for themselves at the end of life and what they actually do for their patients.
She argued it was not down to doctors trying to make more money or because they are intentionally insensitive to their patients' desires.
At the core of the problem, she believes, is a medical system that rewards doctors for taking action, not for talking with their patients.
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