July 03, 2019

Doctors do not want to be resuscitated

There seems to be a disconnect between doctors and dying patients. Doctors overwhelming report that if they were faced with a terminal diagnosis, with little to no chance of recovery, most doctors would not want heroic measures to prolong their lives. In other words: Most doctors would not want the health care interventions for themselves that they so often give their patients. The vast majority of doctors surveyed would not choose to be on a ventilator, a feeding tube, have ineffective chemo therapy treatments or wish to have CPR. And the last thing they want is to die in an intensive care unit. 

Listen to a story from NPR radio lab about the Johns Hopkins study that asked aging doctors about their views on end-of-life treatments.