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Principles for ethical treatment decision-making in veterinary oncology


Rohrer Bley, Carla (2017). Principles for ethical treatment decision-making in veterinary oncology. Veterinary and Comparative Oncology:Epub ahead of print.

Abstract

Many owners of companion animals with cancer are overwhelmed by having to choose the "right course of action." With the aim of reducing the burden on owners who are forced to act as surrogates for their animals, this work discusses principles that apply to ethical treatment decision-making for animal patients with cancer. Four principles frequently used for ethical decision-making in human medicine will be considered for their potential applicability in veterinary medicine. As a result of these considerations, preliminary guidelines are presented, along which a decision-making discussion can be held. The deliberate integration of the non-maleficence and beneficence principles into the purely empirical facts of what is medically possible helps to maintain a moral perspective in specialized veterinary medicine. At the same time, such guidelines may contribute to individual decision-making in a way that animal patients neither have to endure unnecessarily severe side effects, nor that they are euthanized prematurely.

Abstract

Many owners of companion animals with cancer are overwhelmed by having to choose the "right course of action." With the aim of reducing the burden on owners who are forced to act as surrogates for their animals, this work discusses principles that apply to ethical treatment decision-making for animal patients with cancer. Four principles frequently used for ethical decision-making in human medicine will be considered for their potential applicability in veterinary medicine. As a result of these considerations, preliminary guidelines are presented, along which a decision-making discussion can be held. The deliberate integration of the non-maleficence and beneficence principles into the purely empirical facts of what is medically possible helps to maintain a moral perspective in specialized veterinary medicine. At the same time, such guidelines may contribute to individual decision-making in a way that animal patients neither have to endure unnecessarily severe side effects, nor that they are euthanized prematurely.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Veterinary Clinic > Department of Small Animals
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
630 Agriculture
Uncontrolled Keywords:animal cancer; applied ethics; quality of life; treatment decision-making; veterinary oncology
Language:English
Date:31 August 2017
Deposited On:21 Sep 2017 13:19
Last Modified:21 Sep 2017 13:19
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:1476-5810
Additional Information:This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Rohrer Bley C . Principles for ethical treatment decision-making in veterinary oncology. Vet Comp Oncol. 2017;1–7, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/vco.12347. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving (http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-820227.html#terms).
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/vco.12347
PubMed ID:28857480

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