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1 in 7 Americans Want Caregivers to Do “Whatever It Takes to Be Kept Alive”

The Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care has published the second in its annual series of surveys measuring Massachusetts residents’ views on serious illness and end-of-life care.

Consistent with Pew and at least a half-dozen other surveys, around 1 in 7 report that they want caregivers to do “whatever it takes to be kept alive.”

Because this 14% is a percentage is substantially higher than that reported acceptable by clinicians, US hospitals will continue to have a significant rate of medical futility conflicts. 

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