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Care for the Dying: A Pathway to Excellence$
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John Ellershaw and Susie Wilkinson

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198509332

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198509332.001.0001

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Ethical issues in care of the dying

Ethical issues in care of the dying

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(p.62) Chapter 4 Ethical issues in care of the dying
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Care for the Dying: A Pathway to Excellence
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Andrew Throns

Eve Garrad

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198509332.003.0004

This chapter discusses the different ethical issues that can be encountered when caring for the dying. It begins with the influence of the Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient (LCP) in ethical decision making, before examining an ethical framework and the best approach to ethical decision making. Issues with cardiopulmonary resuscitation, hydration, and euthanasia are also discussed. The chapter ends with a discussion on advanced directives, which should be recognized as a valid means by which patients can influence the treatments they receive when they are no longer competent to make decisions.

Keywords:   ethical issues, ethical decision making, ethical framework, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, hydration, euthanasia, advanced directives

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