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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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Death and Dignity: A Case of Individualized Decision Making  

Death and Dignity: A Case of Individualized Decision Making  

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(p.34) 3 Death and Dignity: A Case of Individualized Decision Making 
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Caring for Patients at the End of Life
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Timothy E. Quill (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195139402.003.0004

This chapter relates a case of individualized decision making in a patient named Diane who was diagnosed with acute leukemia. In the author's conversation with Diane and her family about her condition and options, she remained very adamant about her wish not to undergo chemotherapy and to live whatever time she had left outside the hospital. Being an advocate of informed patient choice, the author agreed to Diane's wishes despite the possibility of having to face legal and professional problems.

Keywords:   patient decision, acute leukemia, chemotherapy, informed choice, individualized decision

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