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Navigating Ethical Discussions in Palliative Care 

Navigating Ethical Discussions in Palliative Care
Navigating Ethical Discussions in Palliative Care

Nessa Coyle

and Timothy W. Kirk

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date: 08 December 2021

What is an ethical discussion? It is one that involves the question “What is the right thing to do in this situation?” When a discussion touches on the core values of the participants, or the core values of their traditions or professions, it is likely ethically significant. Ethics discussions occur in palliative care because patients and their families are faced with many difficult choices and decisions throughout the disease trajectory. These discussions are especially common during transitions from curative or life-prolonging therapy to end-of-life care.Ethical principles related to palliative care as well as a framework to work through ethical issues are reviewed. Finally, a framework for ethical conversations is offered,

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