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Behaviour of the dying patient
Author(s)L Witzel
Journal titleBritish Medical Journal, vol 2, 12 April 1975
Pagespp 81-2
KeywordsDeath ; Attitude.
Annotation110 dying patients were studied during the 24 hours before death, and 250 patients during the weeks before death: 60% were well orientated in time and space before death and 26% at 15 minutes before death. A control group of patients with serious, but not fatal, illness were also studied. There was a contrast in attitude to death between the dying patients and the ill but not dying controls. The dying were resigned to their approaching death, experienced little or no fear, and did not wish to know about their illness, whereas the control patients wanted information about their condition and feared death, though few thought they would actually die. The relief of physical symptoms in the dying is important. There was often a brief improvement in condition, with reduced need for analgesic, shortly before death. (RH).
Accession NumberCPA-930504058 A
ClassmarkCW: DP *

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