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Japanese physicians’ experiences of terminally ill patients voluntarily stopping eating and drinking: a national survey

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  • Contributors TS, TM and DK: designed the study and wrote the initial draft of the manuscript. TM, DK, MI, HA, SM, ST and YK: contributed to analysis and interpretation of data, and assisted in the preparation of the manuscript. All other authors: contributed to data collection and interpretation, and critically reviewed the manuscript. All authors: approved the final version of the manuscript, and agree to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

  • Funding This study was granted by the Japanese Society of Palliative Medicine, the Japan Hospice Palliative Care Foundation and the Home Health Care Support Yuumi Memorial Foundation (2015).

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Ethics approval The Seirei Mikatahara General Hospital.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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Footnotes

  • Contributors TS, TM and DK: designed the study and wrote the initial draft of the manuscript. TM, DK, MI, HA, SM, ST and YK: contributed to analysis and interpretation of data, and assisted in the preparation of the manuscript. All other authors: contributed to data collection and interpretation, and critically reviewed the manuscript. All authors: approved the final version of the manuscript, and agree to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

  • Funding This study was granted by the Japanese Society of Palliative Medicine, the Japan Hospice Palliative Care Foundation and the Home Health Care Support Yuumi Memorial Foundation (2015).

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Ethics approval The Seirei Mikatahara General Hospital.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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