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The Ambiguity of Clinical Intentions
In summary, multilayered intentions are present in most, if not all, end-of-life decisions. To understand physicians' reluctance to stop life-sustaining treatment once it is started, or to prescribe adequate amounts of ...
Responding to Intractable Terminal Suffering: The Role of Terminal Sedation and Voluntary Refusal of Food and Fluids: Position Paper
When provided by a skilled, multidisciplinary team, palliative care is highly effective at addressing the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of dying patients and their families. However, some patients who ...
Regulating Physician-Assisted Death
CONCLUSIONS: The ethical norms of relieving suffering and respecting patients' rights to self-determination support the permissibility of voluntary physician-assisted death as a last resort for terminally or incurably ...
Nonabandonment: Medical Ethics
Palliative Treatments of Last Resort: Choosing the Least Harmful Alternative
Comprehensive palliative care, as exemplified by many state-of-the-art hospice programs, is the standard of care for the dying. Although palliative care is very effective, physicians, nurses, patients, families, and loved ...
"I'm Not Ready for Hospice": Strategies for Timely and Effective Hospice Decisions
Hospice programs offer unique benefits for patients who are near the end of life and their families, and growing evidence indicates that hospice can provide high-quality care. Despite these benefits, many patients do not ...
Palliative Options at the End of Life