Proper Care for the Dying: A Critical Public Issue
Crispell, Kenneth R.
Gomez, Carlos F.
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1987 Jun; 13(2): 74-80.
The ability of the medical profession to sustain life, or more appropriately, to prolong dying, in patients with terminal illness, creates a most complex and controversial situation for all involved: the patient, if mentally alert; the patient's family; and the medical care team including physicians, nurses and attendants....A major problem, prolonging the dying of the terminally ill, with its medical, legal, ethical and economic complexities now confronts American society....The ability to work at these questions as a community rather than as adversaries will determine much about the ability of the health care system to respect the dignity and autonomy of those who seek aid and comfort when faced with serious illness and impending death. Better communication between the physicians, health care providers, the lawyers and ethicists must be developed in order to solve these problems....
Aged; Allowing to Die; Attitudes; Attitudes to Death; Autonomy; Biomedical Technologies; Cancer; Case Studies; Communication; Death; Decision Making; Drugs; Ethicists; Health; Health Care; Health Personnel; Hospices; Hospitals; Illness; Lawyers; Life; Living Wills; Moral Policy; Nurses; Pain; Patient Participation; Patients; Physicians; Prolongation of Life; Public Participation; Public Policy; Quality of Life; Renal Dialysis; Resource Allocation; Resuscitation; Resuscitation Orders; Terminal Care; Terminally Ill; Treatment Refusal; Value of Life; Withholding Treatment; Wills;
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