Friday, January 25, 2013
Physicians’ Personal Preferences for End of Life Care
Today’s Managing Health Care Costs Number is 3%
No surprise, physicians wanted pain control and pretty much no other medical intervention. 90% said they wanted no cardio pulmonary resuscitation; under 5% said “yes” to CPR. The podcast points out that only 3% of people receiving CPR survive more than a month with good cognitive function.
The California Health Care Foundation published a related piece on this in 2011.
End of life care is expensive, and giving less futile care is more consistent with the genuine desires of our patients. This is one of those examples where higher quality also costs less.