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  1. Facing requests for physician-assisted suicide : Toward a practical and principled clinical skill set.

    Article - En anglais

    Requests for physician-assisted suicide are not a new phenomenon, and many physicians are likely to face this challenging situation.

    This article proposes for professionals an 8-step approach to respond to requests for physician-assisted suicide.

    The approach seeks to identify and treat the root causes of the request and aims to present a plan for consistent application of a set of clinical skills.

    Justification for the steps requires only 2 noncontentious principles : the patient should be free of unwanted intervention, and the physician is obligated to provide suffering patients with comfort care.

    Care based on these 2 principles alone does not include physician-assisted suicide.

    The approach does, however, justify patient refusal of oral intake in specific circumstances.

    The approach could resolve a majority of requests for physician-assisted suicide and should be tested further for clinical efficacy.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Euthanasie, Aspect médicolégal, Relation médecin malade, Soin palliatif, Arbre décision, Homme, Ethique

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Euthanasia, Forensic aspect, Physician patient relation, Palliative care, Decision tree, Human, Ethics

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 98-0418433

    Code Inist : 002B18C11. Création : 25/01/1999.