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End-of-Life Care in the Netherlands and the United States: A Comparison of Values, Justifications, and Practices 

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/9780195139402.003.0014
End-of-Life Care in the Netherlands and the United States: A Comparison of Values, Justifications, and Practices 

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This chapter compares end-of-life care in the U.S. and the Netherlands with regard to underlying values, justifications, and practices. It evaluates the risks and benefits of each system for a real patient who is faced with a common end-of-life clinical dilemma and describes the challenges for policy makers in both countries. The chapter explains that although voluntary active euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide remain technically illegal in the Netherlands, the practices are openly tolerated provided that physicians adhere to carefully constructed guidelines.

Keywords: end of life; U.S; Netherlands; clinical dilemma; euthanasia; physician-assisted suicide

Chapter.  9350 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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