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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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What does the wish to hasten death mean for the palliative patient? Clinical implications

What does the wish to hasten death mean for the palliative patient? Clinical implications

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(p.231) Chapter 21 What does the wish to hasten death mean for the palliative patient? Clinical implications
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The Patient's Wish to Die
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Cristina Monforte-Royo

Albert Balaguer

Christian Villavicencio-Chávez

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198713982.003.0021

The patient in palliative care is not only ‘an individual’ facing potential death but also a social actor with a role to play in the clinical context. The wish to hasten death becomes significant when it affects considerations of how best to care for these patients. But what does this wish really mean for the patient who expresses it? Might some patients have such a wish without openly expressing it, and, if so, could we detect this? What are the implications of all this for care, education, and training? Answers to these questions are proposed on the basis of the literature and clinical research.

Keywords:   palliative care, wish to hasten death, care, training, clinical research

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