Hospice and Euthanasia in the Netherlands: An Ethical Point of View
Janssens, Rien J.P.A.
ten Have, Henk A.M.J.
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1999 Oct; 25(5): 408-412.
This contribution is a report of a two months' participant observation in a Dutch hospice. The goal of the observation was to gain an overview of moral decisions in a hospice in which euthanasia, a tolerated practice in the Netherlands, is not accepted as an option. In an introduction, the development of palliative care in the Netherlands will be briefly presented. Subsequently, various moral decisions that were taken during the participant observation are presented and analysed by means of case reports. Attention is especially drawn to decisions that directly or indirectly relate to euthanasia. These moral decisions will be clarified in the light of the philosophy behind the concept of palliative care as it has evolved since the foundation of St Christopher's Hospice, London in 1967.
Active Euthanasia; Allowing to Die; Caring; Case Studies; Consultation; Education; Euthanasia; Family Members; Health; Health Care; Health Personnel; Hospices; Moral Policy; Pain; Palliative Care; Patient Participation; Philosophy; Physicians; Professional Patient Relationship; Quality of Health Care; Referral and Consultation; Sedatives; Suffering;
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