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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: symptom control and the maintenance of function

Choice and best interests: symptom control and the maintenance of function

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(p.85) 5 Choice and best interests: symptom control and the maintenance of function
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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/9780199547333.003.0005

This chapter examines the concept of patient choice and best interest in relation to symptom control and maintenance of function in end of life care. It discusses ethical issues which arise in pursuit of the aim of alleviation of suffering in end of life care and the aim of restoration or maintenance of function occasionally gives rise to similar issues. Professionals are responsible for selecting symptom control treatment options so as to promote the patient's best interests, and they ought to inform patients with capacity about possible serious adverse outcomes of symptom control interventions.

Keywords:   suffering, best interest, symptom control, maintenance of function, adverse outcomes, capacity

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