Futile Care Common and Costly
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – What doctors deem as “futile care” cost an estimated $2.6 million at one medical center and is more common than you think, according to a three month long study of the center.
Futile care is generally understood to be critical care interventions, which are deemed by the physician to be only extending life and are viewed as beneficial. Researchers asked specialists to asses 1,136 patients over a three year period, to determine whether or not they were receiving futile care on a daily basis. After three months, researchers found 80 percent of patients never received futile care, 8.6 percent probably received futile care, and 11 percent received futile treatment. A further one percent only received futile care the day they went into palliative care.
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SOURCE: JAMA Internal Medicine, September 2013
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