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Table 1 New proposals to characterize palliative management

From: Palliative, palliative or palliative?

  Temporality General condition physical abilities Goals of Care Admission in ICU
Stage 1 Curative Extended life expectancy with good expected quality of life Preserved or can be standardized Curative unlimited Yes
Stage 2 Meliorative Estimated end of life less than 6 months and altered quality of life Altered Sustaining quality of life No, or yes by whithholding life support treatment
Stage 3 Pallitative Entering the end of life; death expected within a few days to a few weeks Deeply altered End-of-life support No