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Decision-making among patients and their family in ALS care: a review.

08:00 EDT 11th August 2017 | BioPortfolio

Summary of "Decision-making among patients and their family in ALS care: a review."

Practice guidelines in ALS care emphasise the role of the patient and their family in the decision-making process. We aimed to examine the ALS patient/family relationship in the decision-making process and to ascertain how patients and their family can shape one another's decisions pertaining to care.

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Name: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis & frontotemporal degeneration
ISSN: 2167-9223
Pages: 1-21

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