Background The best care and management of patients in persistent vegetative state (PVS) has been the subject of sustained moral and legal debate for a number of years.
However, the views of clinicians in the UK involved in caring for patients in PVS are largely unknown.
Methods A postal questionnaire was sent to 1882 consultant members of the British Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Association of British Neurologists, the Society of British Neurosurgeons, and the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine.
Their views were sought on various aspects of the management and care of PVS, in particular the appropriateness of a decision not to treat and a decision to withdraw artificial nutrition and hydration (ANH).
Findings 1027 doctors responded (55%) of whom 558 (54%) had experience of managing patients in PVS.
Over 90% of responding doctors considered that it could be appropriate not to treat acute infections and other life-threatening conditions. 65% of doctors considered that withdrawal of ANH could be apporpriate.
About two-thirds of.
Mots-clés Pascal : Etat végétatif, Malade, Persistance, Questionnaire, Médecin, Soin, Durée, Enquête, Ethique, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Vegetative state, Patient, Persistence, Questionnaire, Physician, Care, Duration, Inquiry, Ethics, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0384489
Code Inist : 002B30A09. Création : 10/04/1997.