Ethical and legal considerations in end-of-life care.
In caring for dying patients, family medicine practitioners intentionally adopt care plans that affect the manner and timing of death. These decisions are morally weighty. This article provides guidance regarding the ethical and legal appropriateness of practitioner decisions near the end of life. Topics include surrogate decision making, advance care planning, medical nutrition and hydration, double effect, futile care, physician-assisted death, voluntarily stopping eating and drinking, palliative sedation to unconsciousness, and cultural humility.
Chessa, Frank and Moreno, Fernando, "Ethical and legal considerations in end-of-life care." (2019). Maine Medical Center. 981.