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Scand J Trauma Resusc Emerg Med. 2009 Apr 22;17:21. doi: 10.1186/1757-7241-17-21.

End-of-life issues in the acute and critically ill patient.

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  • 1University of Toledo College of Medicine, Toledo, Ohio 43614, USA.


The challenges of end-of-life care require emergency physicians to utilize a multifaceted and dynamic skill set. Such skills include medical therapies to relieve pain and other symptoms near the end-of-life. Physicians must also demonstrate aptitude in comfort care, communication, cultural competency, and ethical principles. It is imperative that emergency physicians demonstrate a fundamental understanding of end-of-life issues in order to employ the versatile, multidisciplinary approach required to provide the highest quality end-of-life care for patients and their families.

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