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Archives: Terms and Definitions

Palliative Care

Associated with care delivered to persons with terminal disease. To palliate means to relieve symptoms without curing them. In this regard, palliative treatment refers to

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Advance Directives

Advance directives are written legal documents by which patients express their wishes about the kind of health care they want to receive in the event

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Living will

A legal document that allows people to state in advance their desire to receive, or their desire to withhold, life-support and other life-sustaining procedures when

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Informed Consent

The concept of individual autonomy, the right of an individual to make decisions about one’s life and medical care, is the basic principle underlying patients’

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Hospice

Hospice is a non-institutional health care alternative for terminally ill persons. Nearly all hospice care is delivered to a patient in his or her home.

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Double Effect

The ethical principle of Double Effect is used to justify medical treatment designed to relieve suffering where death is its unintended (though foreseen) consequence. According

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Decisional Capacity

Refers to the ability of a patient to make a rational choice in his or her own best interest. A person may be diagnosed as

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Comfort Care

Comfort Care refers to care that is designed to provide comfort and dignity when curative therapy is no longer appropriate. It includes the process of

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Choices when Dying 2003

Globally, various positive developments have happened this year to obtain choices for a dignified death, according to the World Federation of Right to Die Societies

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