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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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From understanding to patient-centred management: clinical pictures of a wish to die

From understanding to patient-centred management: clinical pictures of a wish to die

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(p.217) Chapter 20 From understanding to patient-centred management: clinical pictures of a wish to die
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The Patient's Wish to Die
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Heike Gudat

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198713982.003.0020

The wishes to die of patients with incurable cancer are complex and dynamic. Two in-depth patient reports give examples of how patients describe and explain their wishes about life and about dying: what they intend, how far a wish to die would go, and their motivations behind the wish to die. The case reports reveal the broader significance of the wish to die, the contextual values and moral understandings and their relation to biography, experiences, and sociocultural settings. The patients’ narrative approaches show how they cope with co-existing and even contradictory wishes, and how they weight them over time.

Keywords:   wish to die, case report, narrative, biography, cancer

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