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  1. Ethics consultants' recommendations for life-prolonging treatment of patients in a persistent vegetative state.

    Article - En anglais

    Objective.-Surprisingly little is known about the content of ethics consultants recommendations.

    We chose to study this issue using hypothetical persistent vegetative state (PVS) cases.

    We addressed four questions: What recommendations do ethics consultants give regarding life-prolonging treatment (LPT) in PVS cases?

    To what degree is there consensus?

    What factors influence recommendations?

    Do recommendations conform to established guidelines?

    Design.-Questionnaire survey

    Our questionnaire asked subjects what they would recommend for seven hypothetical vignettes involving a PVS patient that varied with respect to advance directives and family wishes.

    We also questioned subjects about demographic characteristics, ethics consultation experience, and personal preference for LPT in PVS.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Traitement, Homme, Ethique, Etat végétatif, Persistance, Vie physiologique, Prolongé

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Treatment, Human, Ethics, Vegetative state, Persistence, Life (physiology), Prolonged

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

    Cote : 94-0130115

    Code Inist : 002B30A09. Création : 199406.