How much time have I got, doc? via @ConversationEDU

How much time have I got, doc? The problems with predicting survival at end of life

Sarah Winch, The University of Queensland; Bill Lukin, The University of Queensland, and John Devereux, The University of Queensland

Predicting how long a patient will survive is critically important for them and their families to guide future planning, yet notoriously difficult for doctors to predict accurately. While many patients request this information, others do not wish to know, or are incapable of knowing due to disease progression.

Fuelling this complexity are families who prefer the patient not to be told for fear of torpedoing hope and reducing the quality of time remaining. Conversely, patients may want to know themselves, but do not want to distress their loved ones with this knowledge. Continue reading