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Ethical Issues In Palliative Care

Ms. Manopriya V

Keywords : Ethical Issues and Decision Making

Citation Information : V MM. Ethical Issues In Palliative Care. 2018; 11 (3):43-47.

DOI: 10.5005/pjn-11-3-43

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-06-2013

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2018; The Author(s).


Ethics refers to the rules or standards governing the conduct of individuals or members of a profession. The four cardinal principles of medical ethics provide a frame work foe decision making in difficult situation include Respect for patient's autonomy, Beneficence or ‘do good’, Non maleficence or ‘do no harm’, Justice or fare use of available resources., Practical application of ethics in palliative care. Interaction with patient and family with honest and clear information sharing is the key to ethical decision making. Ethical principles are useful only as a broad guideline for patient care. What is important is to apply it on an individual basis. Compassion and common sense should be combined with professional knowledge and skill. While applying ethical principles one should communicate well with the patient as well as the cares.

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