As a result of rapid developments in medical technology, health-care workers are increasingly faced with decisions regarding the prolongation of life and the withdrawal of treatment.
Such decisions are often extremely complex and present a moral dilemma : they are further complicated by prevailing politico-economic, social and cultural influences..
This article contrasts deontological and utilitarian philosophical perspectives, and discusses ethical principles which impinge on the decision making process..
A knowledge and understanding of these philosophies and principles are essential to assist clinical practitioners in the examination of moral issues surrounding life and death.
Mots-clés Pascal : Soin palliatif, Stade terminal, Prise décision, Ethique, Arrêt traitement, Homme, Personnel sanitaire
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Palliative care, Terminal stage, Decision making, Ethics, Withdrawal, Human, Health staff
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0326472
Code Inist : 002B30A09. Création : 10/04/1997.