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General practitioners’ considerations when deciding whether to initiate end-of-life conversations: a qualitative study

https://academic.oup.com/fampra/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/fampra/cmz088/5651337?redirectedFrom=fulltext

End-of-life discussions often are not initiated until close to death, even in the presence of life-limiting illness or frailty. Previous research shows that doctors may not explicitly verbalize approaching end-of-life in the foreseeable future, despite shifting their focus to comfort care. This may limit patients’ opportunity to receive information and plan for the future.