'You Promised Me I Wouldn't Die Like This!': A Bad Death as a Medical Emergency
Quill, Timothy E.
Brody, Robert V.
Archives of Internal Medicine. 1995 Jun 26; 155(12): 1250-1254.
...Some dying patients have witnessed harsh deaths, and seek reassurance from their physicians that they will be spared extremes of suffering. Common fears are of dying in severe pain or of suffocating. Other apprehensions involve feelings of dependence, humiliation, or disintegration of the self. These trepidations need full exploration and a general commitment that care givers will do everything possible to prevent and, if necessary, respond to these terrifying outcomes. The vast majority of patients will not have their worst fears realized, so reassurance and skilled care are all that is required. But, infrequently, some patients find themselves dying in abject misery in spite of our best efforts to comfort and palliate. These patients who "fail" intensive comfort care test our commitment not to abandon.
Active Euthanasia; Allowing to Die; Artificial Feeding; Death; Drugs; Dying Patients; Euthanasia; Goals; Guidelines; Intention; Methods; Pain; Patient Care; Patient Care Team; Patients; Personhood; Physician Patient Relationship; Physician's Role; Physicians; Psychological Stress; Sedatives; Suffering; Suicide; Technical Expertise; Terminal Care; Terminally Ill; Treatment Refusal;
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