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Clinical practice guidelines for communicating prognosis and end-of-life issues with adults in the advanced stages of a life-limiting illness, and their caregivers

Josephine M Clayton, Karen M Hancock, Phyllis N Butow, Martin H N Tattersall and David C Currow
Med J Aust 2007; 187 (8): 478.
Published online: 15 October 2007

In reply: We agree that the content area of these guidelines is very relevant for surgeons, as for all health professionals involved in the care of adult patients with advanced life-limiting illnesses and their caregivers. Surgical representation on our expert panel would have been very useful. We agree that surgery has an important role in terms of palliative treatment options that may be available for certain clinical circumstances.

  • Josephine M Clayton1
  • Karen M Hancock2
  • Phyllis N Butow2
  • Martin H N Tattersall2
  • David C Currow3

  • 1 Palliative Care Department, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.
  • 3 Flinders University, Adelaide, SA.

Correspondence: jclayton@med.usyd.edu.au

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