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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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Choice and best interests: life-prolonging treatments

Choice and best interests: life-prolonging treatments

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(p.61) 4 Choice and best interests: life-prolonging treatments
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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/9780199547333.003.0004

This chapter examines the concept of patient choice and best interest in relation to end of life care and life-prolonging treatments. It stresses the importance for professionals to understand the distinction between killing and letting die, and the lack of a moral distinction between decisions to withhold and those to withdraw life-prolonging treatments. It also explains the underlying ethical principles that may help give professionals confidence in following the proper process in a sensitive and compassionate way in the emotional climate of end of life care.

Keywords:   treatments, best interest, moral distinctions, letting die, compassion

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