Dignity in Dying: A Preliminary Study of Patients in the Last Three Days of Life
Lickiss, J. Norelle
Journal of Palliative Care. 1996 Summer; 12(2): 7-13.
The final three days of life of 50 consecutive patients on a busy integrated palliative care service is described, with regard to final cause of death, symptom control, drug prescription, retention of personal function, and other measures possibly relevant to dignity in dying. Good symptom relief was maintained without rapid or high escalation of doses of morphine or sedatives. Personal function was maintained in at least a moderate degree in the majority of patients. This study also illustrates some of the difficulties in describing and evaluating the concept of "dying with dignity".
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