Patient requests to hasten death. Evaluation and management in terminal care.

@article{Block1994PatientRT,
  title={Patient requests to hasten death. Evaluation and management in terminal care.},
  author={Susan Dale Block and J. Andrew Billings},
  journal={Archives of internal medicine},
  year={1994},
  volume={154 18},
  pages={2039-47}
}
Terminally ill patients often hope that death will come quickly. They may broach this wish with their physicians, and even request assistance in hastening death. Thoughts about accelerating death usually do not reflect a sustained desire for suicide or euthanasia, but have other important meanings that require exploration. When patients ask for death to be hastened, the following areas should be explored: the adequacy of symptom control; difficulties in the patient's relationships with family… CONTINUE READING

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