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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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End-of-Life Care in the Netherlands and the United States: A Comparison of Values, Justifications, and Practices  

End-of-Life Care in the Netherlands and the United States: A Comparison of Values, Justifications, and Practices  

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(p.203) 13 End-of-Life Care in the Netherlands and the United States: A Comparison of Values, Justifications, and Practices 
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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/9780195139402.003.0014

This chapter compares end-of-life care in the U.S. and the Netherlands with regard to underlying values, justifications, and practices. It evaluates the risks and benefits of each system for a real patient who is faced with a common end-of-life clinical dilemma and describes the challenges for policy makers in both countries. The chapter explains that although voluntary active euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide remain technically illegal in the Netherlands, the practices are openly tolerated provided that physicians adhere to carefully constructed guidelines.

Keywords:   end of life, U.S, Netherlands, clinical dilemma, euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide

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