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Ethics in palliative care 

Ethics in palliative care
Chapter:
Ethics in palliative care
Source:
Paediatric Palliative Medicine (Oxford Specialist Handbooks in Paediatrics) (2 ed.)
Author(s):

Richard D.W. Hain

and Satbir Singh Jassal

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198745457.003.0003

Ethical principles are the same in palliative medicine as they are in other medical disciplines. Clinical decisions at the end of life, however, may involve ethical considerations and judgements that are particularly complex and on whose outcome much may depend. This chapter reviews basic ethical principles, including beneficence, non-maleficence, respect for autonomy, and justice as fairness, as well as ethical principles specific to palliative care. It evaluates the principle of double effect and the ethical considerations when withholding and withdrawing treatment, alongside a discussion of euthanasia.

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