Life on the Slippery Slope: A Bedside View of Treating Incompetent Elderly Patients
Hastings Center Report. 1993 May-Jun; 23(3): 14-17.
Physicians are practicing in an age of cognitive dissonance, doing much for fragile elderly patients in the short run, even if there is little they can do in the long run. In such a setting, how can one determine what counts as good care?
Active Euthanasia; Aged; Allowing to Die; Chronically Ill; Competence; Decision Making; Dementia; Drugs; Euthanasia; Extraordinary Treatment; Health; Health Care; Intensive Care Units; Life; Nursing Homes; Palliative Care; Patient Care; Patients; Physicians; Primary Health Care; Prognosis; Prolongation of Life; Quality of Life; Resource Allocation; Wedge Argument; Withholding Treatment;
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