Caring for the terminally ill

Paul B. Bascom, Susan W. Tolle, Christine K. Cassel

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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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-90
Number of pages16
JournalHospital Practice
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1996

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  • Medicine(all)


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