Determinants EoL Discussions

Determinants of End of Life discussions in Non-Malignant Illness:  An International, Multicentre, Qualitative Study to Understand the Key Perspectives of Bereaved Families and Medical Specialists 

In the proposed research, an international, multicenter, qualitative study will be undertaken to understand:
a) how physicians and patients’ families experience and negotiate the uncertainties in advanced non-malignant illnesses, 
b) when do they start considering end of life issues, and 
c) when and how do they actually initiate and revisit these discussions.

These aspects remain largely unexplored but are critical in influencing the timeliness in providing best care at the end of life. 
The factors determining such a complex decision-making process remain unclear.