The edge of palliative care: a question of intent
Health care professionals working in the palliative care field currently risk possible criminal sanctions where the treatment required to relieve a patient's pain can also hasten his or her death. The law is now about to change to protect from prosecution those who administer palliative care in accordance with good medical practice and with an intent to relieve pain, rather than hasten death. This imminent change to the law may have important practical implications for doctors and others practising in palliative care, for patients who receive this sort of treatment and their families, and for those with an interest in the intersection between law and medicine.
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|Keywords:||End of life decision-making, Doctrine of double effect, Palliative care|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > OTHER LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (189900)|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law|
Current > Research Centres > Law and Justice Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Law
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2003 [please consult the authors]|
|Deposited On:||18 Dec 2008 08:20|
|Last Modified:||09 Jun 2010 23:15|
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