Bioethics for Clinicians: 15. Quality End-of-Life Care
Singer, Peter A.
Canadian Medical Association Journal. 1998 Jul 28; 159(2): 159-162.
A physician who receives a call from the emergency department to see a patient with heart failure will have a clear framework within which to approach this problem. The thesis of this article is that physicians do not have an analogous conceptual framework for approaching end-of-life care. The authors present and describe a framework for end-of-life care with 3 main elements: control of pain and other symptoms, the use of life-sustaining treatments and support of those who are dying and their families. This 3-part framework can be used by clinicians at the bedside to focus their effort in improving the quality of end-of-life care.
Active Euthanasia; Advance Care Planning; Assisted Suicide; Bioethics; Communication; Decision Making; Euthanasia; Family Members; Health; Health Care; Legal Aspects; Life; Pain; Palliative Care; Physicians; Quality of Health Care; Suffering; Suicide; Terminal Care; Terminally Ill; Withholding Treatment;
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