Public Strongly Favors End-of-Life Conversations Between Doctors and Patients

The poll finds 89 percent of the public says that doctors should discuss end of life care issues with their patients, though relatively few (17%) say that they have had such discussions with their doctor.  Senior citizens (27%) and those who report having a debilitating disability or chronic condition (31%) are somewhat more likely to say they have had such discussions. A third of the public (33%) also say they have participated in a conversation with a doctor about a relative’s wishes about their care at the end of life. MORE

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