A perfect storm: fear of litigation for end of life care

Geoffrey K. Mitchell, Lindy Willmott, Ben P. White, Donella Piper, David C. Currow, Patsy M. Yates

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A perfect storm arises from a rare confluence of adverse meteorological factors, and is a metaphor for an especially bad situation caused by a combination of unfavourable circumstances (www.oed.com). Health care at the end of life has been significantly disturbed by two converging fronts. The first is very public conversations relating to opioid overuse. The second is the current tension between standard end‐of‐life care and voluntary assisted suicide.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-441.e1
Number of pages1
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jun 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Euthanasia
  • Medicolegal
  • Opioid-related disorders


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