Medline ® Abstract for Reference 63
of 'Psychosocial issues in advanced illness'
Conflicts regarding decisions to limit treatment: a differential diagnosis.
Goold SD, Williams B, Arnold RM
Conflicts between physicians and families about end-of-life decisions create challenging and emotionally difficult situations. In this article, we propose a "differential diagnosis" of such conflicts, distinguishing and describing the characteristics of families, physicians, and organizations and society that contribute to the "etiology" of the situation, as well as strategies for "diagnosing" the dominant factors. As a medical model, the differential diagnosis can be a useful tool to help physicians understand and manage conflicts about end-of-life care.
Division of General Medicine, University of Michigan Medical Center and Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 48109-0376, USA.