European perspectives on ethics and law in end-of-life care

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serval:BIB_58F3CD755C54
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Publication sub-type
Review (review): journal as complete as possible of one specific subject, written based on exhaustive analyses from published work.
Collection
Publications
Title
European perspectives on ethics and law in end-of-life care
Journal
Handb Clin Neurol
Author(s)
Jox R. J., Horn R. J., Huxtable R.
ISSN
0072-9752 (Print)
ISSN-L
0072-9752
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2013
Volume
118
Pages
155-65
Language
english
Notes
Jox, Ralf J
Horn, Ruth J
Huxtable, Richard
eng
Review
Netherlands
2013/11/05 06:00
Handb Clin Neurol. 2013;118:155-65. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-444-53501-6.00013-5.
Abstract
End-of-life care practices and attitudes in Europe are highly diverse, which is unsurprising given the variety of cultural and religious patterns across this region. The most marked differences are in the legal and ethical stances towards assisted dying, although there are also variations in limitation of life-sustaining treatment and the authority of advance directives to decline such treatment. Palliative care has made a rapid and impressive development in many European countries over the last decade, and alleviating symptoms at the end of life is permitted, even if the drugs used might (in the rare case) not only relieve suffering but also shorten life. Fueled by the politically led process of European harmonization, future policies and laws on end-of-life care might converge. However, at the base of many ethical conflicts there remain deeply rooted differences about promoting the sanctity of life, eradicating suffering, and respecting patients' autonomous wishes.
Keywords
Europe, Humans, Palliative Care/ethics/legislation & jurisprudence, Terminal Care/*ethics/*legislation & jurisprudence, Withholding Treatment/ethics/legislation & jurisprudence, assisted suicide, end-of-life decisions, ethics, euthanasia, law, palliative care, value of life, withdrawing and withholding life-sustaining treatment
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