View Full Version : What's Worse Than Death? Breathing Machines & Dementia, Patients Say

08-02-2016, 11:30 AM
For patients facing serious illnesses, dying isn't necessarily the thing they dread the most according to a new survey, a majority of patients consider bowel and urinary incontinence and having to rely on a breathing machine to be fates worse than death. In the survey, researchers asked 180 patients with serious illnesses if they considered 10 different health states, ranging from being unable to get out of bed to being in a wheelchair, to be better or worse than dying. For each of the health states in the survey, the researchers asked the patients to rank the condition on a five-point scale, as either worse than death, neither better nor worse than death, a little better than death, somewhat better than death, or much better than death.