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Einstellungen zur Patientenbetreuung in der letzten Lebensphase Eine Umfrage bei neurologischen Chefärzten [Attitudes towards patient care at the end of life. A survey of directors of neurological departments].
Publication types: English Abstract ; Journal ArticlePublication Status: ppublish
In view of the increasing importance of palliative medicine and end-of-life care of neurological patients, a survey from the American Academy of Neurology was translated in a validated fashion and sent to all medical directors of neurological departments in Germany. The topics of the survey comprised-based on clinical scenarios-the withdrawal or withholding of life-sustaining measures, physician-assisted suicide (PAS) and euthanasia, advance directives and health care proxies, principles of palliative care, and ethical and legal questions in end-of-life care. Of 411 directors of departments, 152 participated in the survey. Almost all respondents support a patient's right to refuse life-sustaining treatment. Thirty-two percent think it is illegal to administer analgesics in doses that risk respiratory depression. Forty-five percent believe that treating terminal dyspnea with morphine is the same as euthanasia. Despite the fact that 88% of the respondents regard advance directives as helpful, only an average of 4% of their patients have completed one. About one third of the respondents have been confronted with a request by patients for PAS or euthanasia. Thirty-five percent believe that PAS should be made explicitly legal for terminally ill patients. Forty-six percent of the respondents believe that their training in end-of-life care was insufficient, and 91% express interest in education programs on palliative care.
Attitude of Health Personnel, Attitude to Death, Data Collection, Germany/epidemiology, Hospital Departments/statistics & numerical data, Leadership, Neurology/statistics & numerical data, Terminal Care/statistics & numerical data, Terminally Ill/statistics & numerical data
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