Futile Treatment Given Some as End-of-Life Aid in Intensive Care

Some intensive-care patients receive expensive treatments that don’t prolong life while increasing pain and suffering, a study found.

About 11 percent of critical-care patients at the University of California, Los Angeles, health-care system received what researchers termed futile treatment, the majority dying within six months while still in the hospital, according to a study released today in JAMA Internal Medicine. The cost of treatment was $2.6 million over three months, researchers said. More


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