Table 1

Factors involved in decision making

1. Poor prognosis for acute survival
2. Poor prognosis for long term survival
3. Poor quality of life should they survive the acute illness
4. Family expressed wishes
5. Patients expressed wishes during the acute illness
6. Patients previously expressed wishes
7. Dissent between parties
8. Physical health prior to admission
9. Intolerable suffering of the patient long term
10. Family structure/support/resources
11. Family perception of unbearable acute suffering
12. Family perception of poor quality of life long term
13. Intolerable suffering during the acute illness
14. Hospital resources