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The Patient's Wish to DieResearch, Ethics, and Palliative Care$
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Christoph Rehmann-Sutter, Heike Gudat, and Kathrin Ohnsorge

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198713982

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198713982.001.0001

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Why it is important to know about patients’ wishes to die

Why it is important to know about patients’ wishes to die

(p.3) Chapter 1 Why it is important to know about patients’ wishes to die
The Patient's Wish to Die

Christoph Rehmann-Sutter

Heike Gudat

Kathrin Ohnsorge

Oxford University Press

The term ‘wish to die’ has two meanings: a wish about how to die (without pain, with dignity etc.) and the wish for death to come. In situations of terminal illness, when death in the near future seems unavoidable, the first wish may contain the second. This systematic introduction to the book situates the research questions in the history of psychosocial research of medicine and the end of life, and sets out the idea of the book: to reflect the best currently available knowledge and research methodologies on patients’ wishes at the end of life, in particular the wish for death to come, together with a discussion of ethical views on the clinical implications for palliative care. It also clarifies what kind of experience a wish to die, as a special form of wish, can be.

Keywords:   wish to die, ethical views, research methodologies, palliative care, psychosocial research

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