Journal article

Desire for hastened death in patients with advanced disease and the evidence base of clinical guidelines: a systematic review

Peter L Hudson, Linda J Kristjanson, Michael Ashby, Brian Kelly, Penelope Schofield, Rosalie Hudson, Sanchia Aranda, Margaret O'Connor, Annette Street

PALLIATIVE MEDICINE | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2006

Abstract

PURPOSE: Patients' desire for hastened death within the context of advanced disease and palliative care is a controversial topic, frequently discussed in the international literature. Much of the discussion has focused on opinion and debate about ethical matters related to hastened death. Not many research studies seem to have specifically targeted why palliative care patients may desire hastened death, and few have focused on clinical guidelines for responding to such requests. METHODS: Using a systematic literature review process, we evaluated the research evidence related to the reasons patients express a desire for a hastened death, and the quality of clinical guidelines in this area. RE..

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