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Palliative Options of Last Resort: A Comparison of Practices, Justifications, and Safeguards

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/9780195139402.003.0013
Palliative Options of Last Resort: A Comparison of Practices, Justifications, and Safeguards

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This chapter compares practices, justifications, and safeguards for last-resort options in palliative care. It examines widely accepted practices of intensive pain management and of stopping life supports and compares four additional potential interventions of last resort for competent terminally ill patients who are suffering intolerably. Some of the potential ethical justifications for last-resort practices include the rule of double effect, conflict of duties, and active/passive distinction.

Keywords: last-resort options; palliative care; pain management; life supports; double effect; duties; active/passive distinction

Chapter.  12116 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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