Global analysis finds unnecessary end-of-life treatment in hospitals is widespread

Press/Media: Research


The largest systematic review of the care of elderly patients hospitalised at the end of their life has found more than a third received invasive and potentially harmful medical treatments.

The analysis of 38 studies over two decades, based on data from 1.2 million patients, bereaved relatives and clinicians in 10 countries including Australia, found the practice of doctors initiating excessive medical or surgical treatment on elderly patients in the last six months of their life continues in hospitals worldwide.

The UNSW Australia-led study, published in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care, has prompted researchers to call for better training for hospital doctors and more community education to reduce the demand for non-beneficial treatments at the end of life.

Period28 Jun 2016

Media coverage


Media coverage

  • TitleGlobal analysis finds unnecessary end-of-life treatment in hospitals is widespread
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media typeWeb
    DescriptionScience News for Australia & New Zealand summarises findings of research published in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care about the widespread extent of unnecessary treatments in hospitals for people near the end of life.
    Producer/AuthorUNSW Media release/ Magnolia Cardona, Author
    PersonsMagnolia Cardona