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Emerg Med Australas. 2018 Aug;30(4):578-580. doi: 10.1111/1742-6723.12974. Epub 2018 Apr 2.

Perhaps quality of life should not be used as a trigger for discussing resuscitation and advance care plans.

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Cabrini Medical Centre, Malvern, Victoria, Australia.

Abstract

As a subjective measure, quality of life should not be used as a trigger for discussing resuscitation, goals of care or advanced care plans. Limitations and challenges in measurement and assessment of quality of life have been recognised. It is a fluid construct and subject to changes and response shifts. Surrogate quality of life estimations may misrepresent individual worth and self-perceived quality of life. Disagreement over quality of life statements may cause harm.

KEYWORDS:

advance care planning; decision-making; quality of life; resuscitation

PMID:
29609194
DOI:
10.1111/1742-6723.12974

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