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When Treatment FailsHow medicine cares for dying children$
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David J. Bearison

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195156126

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156126.001.0001

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Withholding and Withdrawing Curative Treatments

Withholding and Withdrawing Curative Treatments

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When Treatment Fails

David J. Bearison

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses issues in withholding and withdrawing curative treatments for a child under palliative care. It tries to determine the proper time to discontinue the treatments and when to stop. One section centers on the various ethical principles and ethical practices involved, while another studies patient autonomy in pediatrics. The rest of the chapter is devoted to providing various narratives depicting instances where medical staff deals with parents refusing to withhold or withdraw the curative treatments on their child.

Keywords:   withholding curative treatments, withdrawing curative treatments, discontinuing treatments, ethical principles, ethical practices, patient autonomy, pediatrics

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