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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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Nonabandonment: A Central Obligation of Physicians  

Nonabandonment: A Central Obligation of Physicians  

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Caring for Patients at the End of Life

Timothy E. Quill (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter discusses the nonabandonment obligations of physicians in end-of-life care. It explains that nonabandonment is a concept exemplified in a continuous caring partnership between physician and patient and that this relationship may begin in health or in sickness, last through potential recovery or adjustment to chronic illness, and continue until a patient dies. The chapter argues that nonabandonment suggests a human relationship with an open-ended commitment over time and clarifies that it is particularly mandated by three challenging aspects of modern medicine.

Keywords:   nonabandonment, physicians, end of life, chronic illness, potential recovery, open-ended commitment, modern medicine

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