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According to the Journal of Hospital Medicine, discussing end-of-life care with patients doesn't lead to increased mortality, contrary to common concerns.

After studying 356 patients admitted at three different hospitals where patients had low or medium risks of dying during the next year, researchers found that having advance directive discussions didn't increase or decrease a patient's risk of death. There was no difference in survival rates for patients who had a living will in their medical record and those who did not.

Read more:http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/story/talking-about-end-life-care-doesnt-affect-survival-rates/2011-09-30 .

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