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'Very-Low-Probability Care' May Be Better Term Than 'Futile Care'


Dr Arnold is a palliative care specialist. Here, he describes part of his approach in discussing end-of-life care with patients and their families.  Futile Care: The term "futile care" is often used to describe care that is very unlikely to succeed. In conversations about end-of-life care, I don’t typically talk about futile care. I think this approach does not work, and I think all doctors at my institution (the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center [UPMC]) also consider th more...
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