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dc.creatorKluge, Eike-Henner W.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-01-09T00:30:04Zen
dc.date.available2016-01-09T00:30:04Zen
dc.date.created2002en
dc.date.issued2002en
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationHealth Care Analysis: An International Journal of Health Care Philosophy and Policy 2002; 10(4): 379-390en
dc.identifier.urihttp://worldcatlibraries.org/registry/gateway?version=1.0&url_ver=Z39.88-2004&rft_val_fmt=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:journal&atitle=Ethical+issues+in+geriatric+medicine:+a+unique+problematic?&title=Health+Care+Analysis:+An+International+Journal+of+Health+Care+Philosophy+and+Policy+&volume=10&issue=4&spage=379-390&date=2002&au=Kluge,+Eike-Henner+W.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10822/1014097en
dc.description.abstractIt is commonly believed that geriatric medicine generates a distinctive set of ethical problems. Implicated are such issues as resource allocation, competence and consent, advance directives, medical futility and deliberate death. It is also argued that it would be unjust to allow the elderly to compete with younger populations for expensive and scarce healthcare resources because the elderly "have already lived," and that treating them the same as these other populations would diminish the available resources unfairly, prolong a life of inevitably failing health and result in increased health care expenditures. In fact, however, this perception of ethical uniqueness is mistaken. Differences in medical conditions, demographics and aetiology should not be allowed to obscure the fact that ethical issues in geriatric medicine are essentially the same as those faced in any other area of health care, and that the solutions that are adopted in the geriatric context must be consistent with the ethical principles that are followed elsewhere. The paper argues that the root of the mistaken perception lies in the abandonment of the Hippocratic mandate of medicine and in an unreflective adherence to the belief that medical advances are inevitably beneficial. It is suggested that a return to patient-centred medicine and the use of ethics impact analyses before introducing medical advances may be ethically appropriate.en
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dc.subjectAdvance Directivesen
dc.subjectCompetenceen
dc.subjectConsenten
dc.subjectDeathen
dc.subjectEthicsen
dc.subjectFutilityen
dc.subjectHealthen
dc.subjectHealth Careen
dc.subjectLifeen
dc.subjectMedicineen
dc.subjectResource Allocationen
dc.subject.classificationAllocation of Health Care Resourcesen
dc.subject.classificationProlongation of Life and Euthanasiaen
dc.subject.classificationHealth Care Programs for the Ageden
dc.titleEthical Issues in Geriatric Medicine: A Unique Problematic?en
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