12% of Patients Receive �Futile" Treatment

Hannah Carter

A new Australian study determined that 12% of end-of-life treatment was "futile" as determined by a consensus of clinicians.  

This corroborates a figure determined a few years ago in a study at UCLA in the United States. Clinicians in that study determined that 11% of ICU treatment was "futile" and another 9% "probably futile."

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