STEVEN A. YAROWS, M.D.
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To the editor: We have all been in situations in which we have been forced to provide extraordinary care for the patient beyond what we believe is indicated. Often this is due to a failure to discuss catastrophic illness with and present therapeutic options to the family involved. Because patients in nursing homes are more apt to develop catastrophic illnesses because of their age and underlying illnesses, these patients or their families should be told about medical care options before critical illness develops. Many families do not wish "heroic" care to be given to their relative; however, they are reluctant
YAROWS SA. Options for Care. Ann Intern Med. ;107:433. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-107-2-433
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;107(3):433.
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