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Implications for practice and research
Uncertainty about the dying trajectory may manifest itself in a desire of patients to control the dying process.
A desire for a hastened death should not be interpreted literally as a death wish.
Further research exploring what dying patients need at the end of life is recommended.
Despite tremendous advancements in palliative and hospice care over the past several decades, some patients facing their own mortality express a desire for an assisted death. Pestinger and colleagues explore the motivations of patients who express a desire …
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