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Family carers: ethical and legal issues

Michael Ashby and Danuta Mendelson

in Family Carers in Palliative Care

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199216901
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730252 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216901.003.0006
Family carers: ethical and legal issues

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This chapter examines the ethical and legal issues related to family caregiving in palliative care. The result suggests that death per se is not an ethical issue, and false perceptions of what the law and ethics require have the capacity to obstruct good care and decision-making at the end of life. The findings also indicate that ethics in palliative care is mainly about good process rather than theory and that effective, appropriate and sensitive work with families is necessary for good palliative care to be delivered.

Keywords: family caregiving; palliative care; ethical issues; legal issues; death; law; families

Chapter.  7955 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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