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Ethical considerations in palliative care 

Ethical considerations in palliative care
Ethical considerations in palliative care

Maryjo Prince-Paul

and Barbara J. Daly

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date: 21 October 2021

This chapter addresses what Bishop and Scudder refer to as the “primary sense of nursing practice,” the moral sense. The objective is to prepare the nurse for identifying, addressing, and resolving the complex questions that arise in caring for individuals and families facing life-limiting illnesses. A brief review of the major theories that are the basis for the commonly accepted principles of autonomy, beneficence, nonmaleficence, and justice is included. Following this review, specific issues that the palliative care nurse is likely to face are explored, with particular attention to analysis of the problems.

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