"Choice" in end-of-life decision making: researching fact or fiction?

@article{Drought2002ChoiceIE,
  title={"Choice" in end-of-life decision making: researching fact or fiction?},
  author={Theresa S Drought and Barbara A. Koenig},
  journal={The Gerontologist},
  year={2002},
  volume={42 Spec No 3},
  pages={114-28}
}
PURPOSE The contribution of bioethics to clinical care at the end of life (EOL) deserves critical scrutiny. We argue that researchers have rarely questioned the normative power of autonomy-based bioethics practices. Research on the ethical dimensions of EOL decision making has focused on an idealized discourse of patient "choice" that requires patients to embrace their dying to receive excellent palliative care. DESIGN AND METHODS Our critique is based on a comprehensive review of empirical… CONTINUE READING