Wednesday, 2 August 2017

'Surprise question' puts thousands on premature 'end-of-life' NHS footing

'Surprise question' puts thousands on premature 'end-of-life' NHS footing Tens of thousands of patients are being prematurely warned they could be about to die because of a defective diagnostic method used across the NHS.

Experts have said families and loved ones are being needlessly worried after new research showed the tool over-predicted the chances of death more often than not.

The so-called “surprise question”, encourages doctors to ask themselves “Would you be surprised if this patient were to die in the next few months, weeks, days?”

A wide scale analysis by University College London, funded by Marie Curie, found that more than half of those predicted to die within a specific time lived longer than expected. The Daily Telegraph

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