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Ethics and aims in palliative care

Fiona Randall and R.S. Downie

in Palliative Care Ethics

Second edition

Published in print June 1999 | ISBN: 9780192630681
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730078 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192630681.003.0001
Ethics and aims in palliative care

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This chapter begins by introducing the ethical concepts and principles that are used in contemporary discussions of health care. It then discusses the aims of palliative care, relating them to the general aims of health care, and finally puts the ethics and the aims together, showing how these are integrated. The chapter notes that to adopt the aims of palliative care is to adopt a moral standpoint. The intrinsic aim of palliative care, as part of health care, is the promotion of a medical good related to physical or mental illness. This professional treatment must be humane and show full appreciation of the meaning of the disease, suffering, and treatment for the particular patient, or of its place in the patient's conception of his total good.

Keywords: nursing; health care; palliative care; patient autonomy; mental illness; holistic care

Chapter.  11810 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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