Is it ethically acceptable to provide aggressive palliative care that is likely or even certain to hasten a patient's death? What ethical ideas inform your perspective on this issue?
Under which conditions is it appropriate for a physician to deny a patient's desired palliative treatment? For example, is it ethically acceptable for a physician to deny a patient palliative care on the grounds that this care might hasten the patient's death or cause the patient to become addicted to the pain medication.
1. Yes, at times, it is ethically acceptable to provide aggressive palliative care that is likely or even certain to prevent a patient's death. The tough love perspective comes into play. Some patients need a stronger attitude towards them than others to ...
This job debates the ethics of aggressive palliative care.