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Withholding and Withdrawing Curative Treatments

David J. Bearison

in When Treatment Fails

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195156126
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199999873 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156126.003.0004
Withholding and Withdrawing Curative Treatments

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This chapter discusses issues in withholding and withdrawing curative treatments for a child under palliative care. It tries to determine the proper time to discontinue the treatments and when to stop. One section centers on the various ethical principles and ethical practices involved, while another studies patient autonomy in pediatrics. The rest of the chapter is devoted to providing various narratives depicting instances where medical staff deals with parents refusing to withhold or withdraw the curative treatments on their child.

Keywords: withholding curative treatments; withdrawing curative treatments; discontinuing treatments; ethical principles; ethical practices; patient autonomy; pediatrics

Chapter.  17346 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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