Advances in medical technology and the emphasis in modern society on patient autonomy have, among other factors, increased the scientific and societal debate on the role of medicine at the end of life. In this project, the incidence, characteristics and attitudes concerning end-of-life decision-making will be assessed in 6 European countries in two surveys. The first involves the medical decision-making that preceded a random sample of death cases; the second involves experiences and attitudes of a random sample of general practitioners and other physicians frequently confronted with death. The data will be analysed in the light of differences in the health care systems and in cultural, socio-economic and other characteristics. The results of this project will help physicians, citizens and public health policy makers in Europe in developing rational, evidence-based policies.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
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