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April 6, 2005

Resurrecting Treatment Histories of Dead Patients

JAMA. 2005;293(13):1591-1592. doi:10.1001/jama.293.13.1591-a

To the Editor: In their Special Communication, Dr Bach and colleagues raise important limitations in the use of the retrospective approach to studying end-of-life care.1 However, we believe that research that uses multiple methods is needed to examine a complex phenomenon such as dying. Given the uncertainties of prognostication, retrospective assessment of decedents remains an important methodology to examine the quality of end-of-life care.

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