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The terminal quality of life and passive or active euthanasia.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1983259     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The problems presented by the different categories of dying people are briefly discussed from the point of view of terminal quality of life. Euthanasia is used in its broader meaning, including both passive and active aspects. Passive euthanasia (PE) is exercised by withholding advanced or basic life support measures, the commonest form being do not resuscitate orders (DNR). Some data on its application are presented. Active euthanasia (AE), which has been proposed and being applied to a limited extent lately, is criticized as leading the physician and the Society onto risky ground. A position is being taken against it. Decision making, examples of guidelines, legal, philosophical and spiritual considerations are discussed. Wisdom and loving care should be exercised by the physician to assist people in their terminal phases and to alleviate their suffering. That there is not a single answer to the problem is discussed.
G K Daikos
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Congresses; Guideline; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Quality assurance in health care : the official journal of the International Society for Quality Assurance in Health Care / ISQA     Volume:  2     ISSN:  1040-6166     ISO Abbreviation:  Qual Assur Health Care     Publication Date:  1990  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-09-25     Completed Date:  1991-09-25     Revised Date:  2013-03-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9001007     Medline TA:  Qual Assur Health Care     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  375-86     Citation Subset:  E; IM    
Athens University School of Medicine, Greece.
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MeSH Terms
Advance Directives
Decision Making
Euthanasia, Active*
Euthanasia, Passive*
Guidelines as Topic
Health Care Rationing / standards
International Cooperation
Life Support Care / standards
Mental Competency
Nutritional Support
Organizational Policy
Patient Advocacy
Persistent Vegetative State
Public Policy
Quality of Life*
Religion and Medicine
Resource Allocation
Resuscitation Orders
Right to Die
Socioeconomic Factors
Terminal Care / standards*
Terminally Ill*
Value of Life
Vulnerable Populations
Withholding Treatment

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