Evaluate the reasons why attempts at redirection, especially at the end of life
, often fail, and patients and families insist on treating the underlying illness.
Conflicts between patients and caregivers regarding the appropriate course of treatment.
Clinicians typically understand requests for treatment merely as means to obtain effective care. However, patients and families often request treatment as a way to exert their agency
, avoid a sense of responsibility for unwanted outcomes, and express compassion
In response to devastating illness, patients and families are frequently motivated by factors that go beyond obtaining effective care. Awareness of these factors can help clinicians to identify sources of potential conflict and continue to provide compassionate care.