More than 50% of dying patients do not receive adequate symptomatic relief. Fear of hastening death is the primary reason for physicians' reluctance to prescribe high-dose pain medication. Yet the ethical principle of "double effect" clearly states that palliative care which results in respiratory depression is justified - as long as the goal of management is relief of suffering, rather than death.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||16|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1996|
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