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Specialist palliative care for non-cancer patients: the ethical arguments

Katherine Wasson and Rob George

in Palliative Care for Non-cancer Patients

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780192629609
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730054 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192629609.003.0021
Specialist palliative care for non-cancer patients: the ethical arguments

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This chapter explores the question of whether there are good reasons for specialist palliative care being restricted to cancer patients. It does this by analysing the aims, duties, and responsibilities of palliative care; issues of justice in relation to non-cancer patients; and the moral implications of drawing a distinction between cancer and other disease groupings. The answer is rather important: if we fail to find clinical, practical, and defensible moral distinctions between cancer and other fatal diseases, we are left with a much more disturbing question: what it may mean for society if cancer is set apart from other diseases.

Keywords: patient care; cancer patients; end of life care; specialist palliative care

Chapter.  6135 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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