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Advance Care Planning in End of Life Care$
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Keri Thomas and Ben Lobo

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199561636

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199561636.001.0001

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Advance Care Planning: politically correct, but ethically sound?

Advance Care Planning: politically correct, but ethically sound?

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(p.55) Chapter 6 Advance Care Planning: politically correct, but ethically sound?
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Advance Care Planning in End of Life Care
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Rob George

Tim Harlow

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199561636.003.0006

This chapter asks several questions: Why are decisions necessary at all? What are goods and harms? Are we the same person as time passes or minds change? The discussion suggests that ACP is valuable as it helps people reflect on and prepare for the end of their life. The politics, ethics, and philosophy of ACP can be simple or complicated depending on the need and want of the decision maker and the life they have and do lead. However, ACP is not a precise science and it offers both potential benefit as well as risk to the future self because autonomy is not future proof and comes at a price. Despite the laudable efforts of the Legislature to codify people's advance decision making at the end of life, clarity for the many can never remove the uncertainties for the few.

Keywords:   advance decision making, Advance Care Planning, self, autonomy, end of life

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