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Medical Ethics: Death, Dying & Hospice

Suggested resources and other information for beginning research on the topic Medical Ethics.

Code Of Ethics: Care of Patients Near the End of Life

Physicians and the medical community must be committed to the compassionate, timely, and competent provision of care to dying patients and their families and effective communication with patients and families (3561). Patients rightfully expect their physicians to care for them as they live with eventually fatal illnesses. Good symptom control; ongoing commitment to serve the patient and family; and physical, psychological, and spiritual support are the hallmarks of high-quality end-of-life and hospice care. Care of patients near the end of life, however, has a moral, psychological, and interpersonal intensity that distinguishes it from most other clinical encounters. It is the physician's professional obligation to develop and maintain competency in end-of-life care.

American College of Physicians (Ed.). (n.d.). ACP ethics manual seventh edition. Retrieved August 15, 2019, from ACP Center for Ethics and Professionalism website:

Death, Dying & Hospice Websites

Opposing Viewpoints

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center is a collection of essays, articles and documents related to controversial issues. Be aware that these are mostly opinion pieces. 

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