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Incomplete End-of-Life Forms Vex Physicians

October 17, 2016

(Medscape) – A study of elderly patients’ end-of-life forms found that 69% had at least one section left blank, and 14% indicated the patient wanted comfort measures only, but also that they wanted be sent to the hospital, receive intravenous fluids, and/or receive antibiotics. These inconsistencies would likely result in patients receiving unwanted emergency care. “Patients and proxies may believe that making choices and documenting some, but not all, of their wishes on the [Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST)] form is sufficient for directing their end of life care,” the authors write.

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