End of Life Journal Archives

Content tagged with Legal and ethical issues

Advance decisions: worth the paper they are (not) written on?

Richard Huxtable

Law and policy in England and Wales permit individuals to set down, in advance of future incapacity, their wishes as to what medical treatment they would want—and, particularly, not want—to receive in the future. A House of Lords Select Committee has, however, recently found that the reality of advance decision-making... Read full article

Do-not-attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (DNACPR) notices and the law

Martin Curtice, Caroline Winkle, Wasan Bajallan

The legal basis and principles for the application and use of do-not-attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (DNACPR) orders has been laid out in the Court of Appeal judgement in Tracey, R v Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust & Ors [2014a]. This case involved a 63-year-old woman, Mrs Tracey, who had been... Read full article

Is sedation at the end of life compatible with the principles of palliative care?

Antonia Dean, Barbara Beard

Palliative sedation has been a matter of clinical debate for many years, largely due to uncertainty surrounding whether it may hasten death. Recently, it has also come under public and media scrutiny as part of the review of end-of-life practices initiated by concerns about the Liverpool Care Pathway for the... Read full article

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