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Choice and best interests: symptom control and the maintenance of function

Fiona Randall and R. S. Downie

in End of Life Choices

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780199547333
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730405 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547333.003.0005
Choice and best interests: symptom control and the maintenance of function

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This chapter examines the concept of patient choice and best interest in relation to symptom control and maintenance of function in end of life care. It discusses ethical issues which arise in pursuit of the aim of alleviation of suffering in end of life care and the aim of restoration or maintenance of function occasionally gives rise to similar issues. Professionals are responsible for selecting symptom control treatment options so as to promote the patient's best interests, and they ought to inform patients with capacity about possible serious adverse outcomes of symptom control interventions.

Keywords: suffering; best interest; symptom control; maintenance of function; adverse outcomes; capacity

Chapter.  5602 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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