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End of Life ChoicesConsensus and controversy$
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Fiona Randall and Robin Downie

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199547333

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547333.001.0001

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General conclusions

General conclusions

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(p.211) General conclusions
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End of Life Choices
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Fiona Randall

R. S. Downie (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547333.003.0012

This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on patient choice in end of life care. The philosophy of medicine and of end of life care in particular which emerged in the second half of the 20th century stressed the importance of patient choice in the light of information provided by the doctor. Consumerism is taking over health care, and the best interests of patients are being seen as patients getting whatever it is they choose, in terms of treatments, care and place of death. This chapter suggests that an end of life service should have the following characteristics: realism, fairness, humanity, and adoptability.

Keywords:   patient choice, end of life care, medical philosophy, consumerism, health care

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