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The Rule of Double Effect: A Critique of Its Role in End-of-Life 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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195139402.003.0012
The Rule of Double Effect: A Critique of Its Role in End-of-Life Decision Making 

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This chapter provides a commentary on the role of the ethical principle known as the “rule of double effect” in end-of-life clinical decision making. It discusses the rule's religious and philosophical origins and highlights its inconsistencies with current law and its shortcomings as a practical clinical guide. The chapter also proposes alternative principles to guide physicians in end-of-life decision making.

Keywords: double effect; decision making; end of life; ethical principle; clinical guide

Chapter.  4437 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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