End-of-life decisions in intensive care units: Attitudes of physicians in an Italian urban setting

Alberto Giannini, Adriano Pessina, Enrico Maria Tacchi

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Abstract

Objective: To assess the attitudes of physicians in Milan, Italy, intensive care units (ICUs) regarding end-of-life decisions. Design: Anonymous self-administered questionnaire. Setting: All 20 ICUs in Milan. Participants: Physicians employed in the ICUs. Measurements and results: The response rate was 87% (225 of 259). Eighty-two percent of respondents estimated that

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1902-1910
Number of pages9
JournalIntensive Care Medicine
Volume29
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2003

Keywords

  • End-of-life decisions
  • Ethics
  • Intensive care
  • Life-sustaining treatments
  • Withdrawing treatment
  • Withholding treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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