Decision Making

Wendy Johnston

in Palliative Care in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Second edition

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780199212934
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730368 | DOI:
                   Decision Making

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This chapter discusses the decision-making integral to ALS patients and their families. Diagnosis and the quality of life have steadily improved for ALS patients with the advent of improved nutrition, respiratory support, and the riluzole. However, amidst these developments, treatments face certain limitations and the daunting task of making decisions on accepting or forgoing life-sustaining therapies will inevitably be made. These decisions include requests for assisted suicide or euthanasia, and advance care planning. In the course of decision-making, several factors affecting decisions and...

Keywords: decision-making; decisions; assisted suicide; euthanasia; advance care planning; cognitive deficits; depression; end-of-the-life care; discussion; ethical dilemma

Chapter.  4329 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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