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Palliative Care Ethics: A Companion for All Specialties

Fiona Randall and Robin Downie


A book for nurses, doctors, and all who provide end-of-life care, this volume guides readers through the ethical complexities of such care, including policy initiatives, and encourages debate and discussion on their controversial aspects. Divided into two parts, it introduces and explains clinical decision-making processes about which there is broad consensus, in line with guidance documents issued by the WHO, the BMA, the GMC, and similar bodies. The changing political and social context, where ‘patient choice’ has become a central idea, and the broadened scope of patients' best interests hav ... More

Keywords: end of life, ethical issues, policy initiatives, clinical decision making, GMC, patient choice, life-prolonging treatment, symptom relief, care planning, euthanasia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780192630681
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192630681.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fiona Randall, author
Christchurch Hospital, Dorset

Robin Downie, author
University of Glasgow
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