When to intervene

How much information should you share with your patient? And when is doing nothing the best course of action?

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Published: Winter 2014

I suspect that many of our actions are motivated at least in part by the spectre of a patient possibly taking legal or GOC action against you if you don’t do something, but is that in the best interests of the patient?

I recently came across an article by Dr Max Pemberton,which mentions a study at Stanford University.  The study showed that most doctors would reject aggressive treatment if they were terminally ill, and nearly 90% would choose a ‘do not resuscitate’ order. As someone who has done their First Aid at Work training (and got the certificate to prove it!) this got me thinking - do we always consider the outcomes of our actions?

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