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01 March 2011

Medical surrogates pay emotional price for decisions

The stress of making treatment decisions for a seriously ill loved one inflicts damaging emotional effects on at least one-third of these medical surrogates, a new study suggests.

The stress of making treatment decisions for a seriously ill loved one inflicts damaging emotional effects on at least one-third of these medical surrogates, a new study suggests.

"One of the strongest predictors of the impact on the family is if they know what the patients want," said lead study author David Wendler, head of the Unit on Vulnerable Populations at the US National Institutes of Health Clinical Center.

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