Desire for hastened death in patients with advanced disease and the evidence base of clinical guidelines: a systematic review

Peter L Hudson, Linda J Kristjanson, Michael Ashby, Brian Kelly, Penelope Schofield, Rosalie Hudson, Sanchia Aranda, Margaret O'Connor, Annette Street, Peter Hudson

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Abstract

Patients' desire for hastened death within the context of advanced disease and palliative care is a controversial topic, frequently discussed in the international literature. Much of the discussion has focused on opinion and debate about ethical matters related to hastened death. Not many research studies seem to have specifically targeted why palliative care patients may desire hastened death, and few have focused on clinical guidelines for responding to such requests.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)693-701
Number of pages9
JournalPalliative Medicine
Volume20
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2006

Keywords

  • Terminal Care
  • Humans
  • Terminally Ill
  • Suicide, Assisted
  • Attitude to Death
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Family
  • Right to Die

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