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Ann Armstrong-Dailey and Sarah Zarbock

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195340709

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340709.001.0001

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Ethical Decision Making at the End of Life

Ethical Decision Making at the End of Life

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(p.457) 19 Ethical Decision Making at the End of Life
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Hospice Care for Children
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Cynda Hylton Rushton

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340709.003.0020

This chapter examines the issue of ethical decision making in end-of-life care for children. It explains that decisions at the end of life are fraught with confusion, uncertainty, ambiguity, and deep emotions and that the emotional intensity that surrounds them can magnify the ethical concerns. The chaptersuggests that a moral framework and a commitment to a systematic ethical decision-making process with adequate procedural safeguards are essential for optimal care of dying children.

Keywords:   end of life, decision making, ethics, dying children, optimal care, moral framework, procedural safeguards

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