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Caring for Patients at the End of LifeFacing an Uncertain Future Together$
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Timothy Quill

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195139402

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195139402.001.0001

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Palliative Options of Last Resort: A Comparison of Practices, Justifications, and Safeguards

Palliative Options of Last Resort: A Comparison of Practices, Justifications, and Safeguards

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(p.175) 12 Palliative Options of Last Resort: A Comparison of Practices, Justifications, and Safeguards
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Caring for Patients at the End of Life
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Timothy E. Quill (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195139402.003.0013

This chapter compares practices, justifications, and safeguards for last-resort options in palliative care. It examines widely accepted practices of intensive pain management and of stopping life supports and compares four additional potential interventions of last resort for competent terminally ill patients who are suffering intolerably. Some of the potential ethical justifications for last-resort practices include the rule of double effect, conflict of duties, and active/passive distinction.

Keywords:   last-resort options, palliative care, pain management, life supports, double effect, duties, active/passive distinction

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