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"Love Your Neighbor Like Yourself": A Jewish Ethical Approach to the Use of Pain Medication With Potentially Dangerous Side Effects
Palliation of pain is universally regarded as a cardinal aspect of end-of-life care. In the early days of the palliative care and hospice movement there was concern that aggressive pain control with opioids could potentially ...
The Case of Samuel Golubchuk and the Right to Live
Samuel Golubchuk was unwittingly at the center of a medical controversy with important ethical ramifications. Mr. Golubchuk, an 84-year-old patient whose precise neurological level of function was open to debate, was being ...
The Relationship Between Nurses' Religiosity and Willingness to Let Patients Control the Conversation About End-of-Life Care
OBJECTIVE: The study attempts to examine the relationship between nurses' religious beliefs and how nurses communicate with patients. METHOD: An online census survey was administered to graduate students in the School of ...
Differences in Level of Care at the End of Life According to Race
Tailoring care for patients and their families at the end of life is important.
Consent in Terminal Sedation
For the majority of patients at the end of life, their symptoms can be relieved through good palliative care. However, for an unfortunate few, these symptoms become intractable despite the best holistic interventions and ...
Ethical Issues in End of Life Treatments for Patients With Dementia
(Bioethics and Palliative Care in Neurology Study Group of Italian Society of Neurology, 2010-06-01)
Dementia is a terminal disease, associated with great suffering and difficult decisions in the severe stage. The decision-making process is characterized by uncertainty because of lack of scientific evidence in treatments ...
Withholding, Discontinuing and Withdrawing Medications in Dementia Patients at the End of Life: A Neglected Problem in the Disadvantaged Dying?
Recent years have seen a growing recognition that dementia is a terminal illness and that patients with advanced dementia nearing the end of life do not currently receive adequate palliative care. However, research into ...
The Ethical Challenges of Providing Fertility Care to Patients With Chronic Illness or Terminal Disease
The field of fertility is rapidly evolving, bringing opportunities for improvement in our patients' quality of life as well as bringing new ethical dilemmas. As medical science continues to advance, significant numbers of ...
Prognostic Significance of the "Surprise" Question in Cancer Patients
Physicians consistently overestimate survival for patients with cancer. The "surprise" question--"Would I be surprised if this patient died in the next year?"--improves end-of-life care by identifying patients with a poor ...