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Advance Planning in End-of-Life Care: Legal and Ethical Considerations for Neurologists
Neurological illnesses can leave patients unable to make legally valid decisions about their medical treatment. However, this loss of decision making capacity can often be predicted in advance. The law in the UK now enables ...
When Enough Is Enough; Terminating Life-Sustaining Treatment at the Patient's Request: A Survey of Attitudes Among Swedish Physicians and the General Public
OBJECTIVES: To explore attitudes and reasoning among Swedish physicians and the general public regarding the withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment at a competent patient's request. DESIGN: A vignette-based postal ...
Justifying Terminal Care by 'Retrospective Quality-Adjusted Life-Years'
A lot of medical procedures can be justified in terms of the number of quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs) they can be expected to generate; that is, the number of extra years that the procedure will provide, with the ...
Physician Reports of Medication Use With Explicit Intention of Hastening the End of Life in the Absence of Explicit Patient Request in General Practice in Belgium
Although the incidence of the use of life-ending drugs without explicit patient request has been estimated in several studies, in-depth empirical research on this controversial practice is nonexistent. Based on face-to-face ...
Is a Good Death Possible After Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Therapy?
Life-sustaining therapy (LST) is commonly withdrawn in critical care units. Little is known about the families' perceptions of death when a critically ill patient dies after LST is withdrawn. The purpose of this study was ...
HRS Expert Consensus Statement on the Management of Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Devices (CIEDs) in Patients Nearing End of Life or Requesting Withdrawal of Therapy
(American College of Cardiology; American Geriatrics Society; American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine; European Heart Rhythm Association; Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, 2010-07)
Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders for Critically Ill Patients in Intensive Care
End-of-life decision making frequently occurs in the intensive care unit (ICU). There is a lack of information on how a do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order affects treatments received by critically ill patients in ICUs. The ...
Limitation ou arrêt de thérapeutiques actives en situations d'urgence. Le point de vue des anesthésistes réanimateurs
One objective is to state more accurately the difficulties met by the anaesthesiologists in an emergency context in case of withholding or withdrawing life sustaining therapies.
Life-Support Interventions at the End of Life: Unintended Consequences
OVERVIEW: Patients and family members often aren't aware that the use of life-support interventions at the end of life-when the body's systems and organs are failing-can have unintended consequences. Nurses need to be ...
Une réflexion sur l'amour, la médecine et l'euthanasie: je connais ce que j'aime et j'aime ce que je connais, mais est-ce bien vrai?
This paper presents the medical practice according to the occidental philosophy (Platon, Spinoza, Kant). Relationships with the concept of "love" (eros, philia, agape) will be described, and the concept of dignity and ...