Healthcare providers should take an initiative and discuss patients goal for end of life care or palliative care as their preferences can change from person to person some patients might target for cure or some for comfort care hence this trustful communication can avoid the ethical crisis surrounding that topic. There are often ethical issues that can arise in the context of end of life care particularly when patients and families make decisions regarding the care they will accept or not accept as nurses sometimes our morals and values are in conflict with those that our patients have and this can cause some distress for the nurse. Effective palliative care will help physicians patients and families adequately address the end of life issues that are an intrinsic part of medical care introduction medicine s technical advances of the past few decades have cast a shadow over its long held ethic of compassionate care. Own care or the care of a dying loved one confront people from all walks of life beginning with a definition of death in modern society and continuing all the way through post death issues end of life care an ethical overview presents significant ethical issues related to death and dying we focus on ethical considerations of subjects that. Ethical and legal issues in end of life care paternalistic withholding of a life threatening diagnosis from a patient has no place in current healthcare unless this is the patients informed preference or they lack capacity to understand and use the information a belief often shared by patients and their families the doctrine of
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