Caring for the terminally Ill.


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.

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@article{Bascom1996CaringFT, title={Caring for the terminally Ill.}, author={Paul B Bascom and Susan W. Tolle and Christine K. Cassel}, journal={Hospital practice}, year={1996}, volume={31 5}, pages={75-8, 82-4, 89; discussion 89-90} }