Clinicians’ intuitions about when terminally ill patients will die are often inaccurate

UCL News| Wed Aug 02 06:25:15 EDT 2017
Clinicians’ intuitions about when terminally ill patients will die are often inaccurate

A simple method, routinely used by clinicians to help identify patients who may be approaching their last year of life, is frequently inaccurate, according to a new study led by UCL researchers and funded by Marie Curie.

The “Surprise Question” was developed as a way to recognise those patients who might benefit from palliative care. It typically asks clinicians to consider the question: “Would you be surprised if this patient died within the next 12 months?”  

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