Death and Dignity: A Case of Individualized Decision Making 

Timothy E. Quill

in Caring for Patients at the End of Life

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195139402
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199999859 | DOI:
Death and Dignity: A Case of Individualized Decision Making 

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This chapter relates a case of individualized decision making in a patient named Diane who was diagnosed with acute leukemia. In the author's conversation with Diane and her family about her condition and options, she remained very adamant about her wish not to undergo chemotherapy and to live whatever time she had left outside the hospital. Being an advocate of informed patient choice, the author agreed to Diane's wishes despite the possibility of having to face legal and professional problems.

Keywords: patient decision; acute leukemia; chemotherapy; informed choice; individualized decision

Chapter.  2852 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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