Narratives of 'terminal sedation', and the importance of the intention-foresight distinction in palliative care practice.

@article{Douglas2013NarrativesO,
  title={Narratives of 'terminal sedation', and the importance of the intention-foresight distinction in palliative care practice.},
  author={Charles Douglas and Ian Kerridge and Rachel A X Ankeny},
  journal={Bioethics},
  year={2013},
  volume={27 1},
  pages={1-11}
}
The moral importance of the 'intention-foresight' distinction has long been a matter of philosophical controversy, particularly in the context of end-of-life care. Previous empirical research in Australia has suggested that general physicians and surgeons may use analgesic or sedative infusions with ambiguous intentions, their actions sometimes approximating 'slow euthanasia'. In this paper, we report findings from a qualitative study of 18 Australian palliative care medical specialists, using… CONTINUE READING