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Withholding Treatment

"Withholding Treatment" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which enables searching at various levels of specificity.

Withholding or withdrawal of a particular treatment or treatments, often (but not necessarily) life-prolonging treatment, from a patient or from a research subject as part of a research protocol. The concept is differentiated from REFUSAL TO TREAT, where the emphasis is on the health professional's or health facility's refusal to treat a patient or group of patients when the patient or the patient's representative requests treatment. Withholding of life-prolonging treatment is usually indexed only with EUTHANASIA, PASSIVE, unless the distinction between withholding and withdrawing treatment, or the issue of withholding palliative rather than curative treatment, is discussed.


This graph shows the total number of publications written about "Withholding Treatment" by people in Harvard Catalyst Profiles by year, and whether "Withholding Treatment" was a major or minor topic of these publication.
Bar chart showing 342 publications over 31 distinct years, with a maximum of 28 publications in 2018
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