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aggressive palliative care

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.

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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 ...

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This job debates the ethics of aggressive palliative care.

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