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Materstvedt, L J; Bosshard, G (2009). Deep and continuous palliative sedation (terminal sedation): clinical-ethical and philosophical aspects. Lancet Oncology, 10(6):622-627.
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Terminal sedation continues to fuel debate. When confronted with a patient for whom terminal sedation is considered a possible treatment option, decision making can be difficult. In this paper we focus on the clinical-ethical issues, with an aim to provide clinicians with ways of framing the issue from an ethical point of view. In addition to the clinical-ethical issues, terminal sedation touches upon interesting and complex questions of an essentially philosophical nature. What it means to be a "person" is one such question, and is a topic that is relevant to clinical, daily practice. Accordingly, in the latter part of this paper we draw briefly on selected philosophical positions to elucidate this question. A doctor's belief of what it means to be a "person" might well affect their actions. For example, if a doctor believes terminal sedation involves the destruction of the person, they might not be willing to proceed with it.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article, refereed, original work|
|Communities & Collections:||01 Faculty of Theology > Center for Ethics
04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine
610 Medicine & health
|Deposited On:||08 Jun 2009 08:51|
|Last Modified:||23 Nov 2012 15:54|
|Additional Information:||Elsevier – Full text article|
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