Palliative Treatments of Last Resort: Choosing the Least Harmful Alternative

@article{Quill2000PalliativeTO,
  title={Palliative Treatments of Last Resort: Choosing the Least Harmful Alternative},
  author={Timothy E. Quill and B C Lee and Samuel Nunn},
  journal={Annals of Internal Medicine},
  year={2000},
  volume={132},
  pages={488-493}
}
Comprehensive palliative care, which includes pain and symptom management, support for patient and family, and the opportunity to achieve meaningful closure to life, is the standard of care for the dying (1-8). Any intervention that is likely to hasten death should be considered only as a last resort, when life has become intolerable to the patient in the face of unrestrained efforts to relieve suffering (9). In the United States, it is agreed that patients should receive sufficient treatment… CONTINUE READING

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