Terminally ill patients often hope that death will come quickly.
They may broach this wish with their physicians, and even request assistance in hastening death.
Thoughts about accelerating death usually do not reflect a sustained desire for suicide or euthanasia, but have other important meanings that require exploration.
When patients ask for death to be hastened, the following areas should be explored :
the adequacy of symptom control ;
difficulties in the patient's relationships with family, friends, and health workers ;
psychological disturbances, especially grief, depression, anxiety, organic mental disorders, and personality disorders ;
and the patient's personal orientation to the meaning of life and suffering.
Mots-clés Pascal : Euthanasie, Soin, Traitement palliatif, Ethique, Homme, Réanimation
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Euthanasia, Care, Palliative treatment, Ethics, Human, Resuscitation
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 94-0699466
Code Inist : 002B27C. Création : 09/06/1995.