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Continuous sedation at the end of life

Sigrid Sterckx UGent and Kasper Raus UGent (2016) The Oxford handbook of ethics at the end of life. p.109-125
abstract
This chapter examines continuous sedation as a way to relieve unbearable suffering in patients at the end of life. After considering consensus and guidelines on continuous sedation, it looks at the debate over terminology and definition. It then discusses the practice of continuous sedation in various countries and how it is performed, along with the importance of patient consent and autonomy in all sedation guidelines. The chapter goes on to analyze some of the commonly invoked justifications for continuous sedation, including the doctrine of double effect, last resort and refractory suffering, autonomy and patient consent, and proportionality. It also reviews contentious issues raised by continuous sedation, such as whether it should be restricted to patients with a very short life expectancy, artificial nutrition and hydration, and existential or psychological suffering.
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proportionality, suffering, artificial, nutrition and hydration, last resort, double effect, autonomy, end of life, patient consent, continuous sedation, patients
book title
The Oxford handbook of ethics at the end of life
editor
Stuart J Youngner and Robert M Arnold
pages
109 - 125
publisher
Oxford University Press
place of publication
Oxford, UK
ISBN
9780199974412
DOI
10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199974412.013.7
language
English
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yes
classification
B2
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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5783232
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-5783232
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2014-12-16 14:09:05
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2017-01-02 09:54:15
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  author       = {Sterckx, Sigrid and Raus, Kasper},
  booktitle    = {The Oxford handbook of ethics at the end of life},
  editor       = {Youngner, Stuart J and Arnold, Robert M},
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  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {109--125},
  publisher    = {Oxford University Press},
  title        = {Continuous sedation at the end of life},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199974412.013.7},
  year         = {2016},
}

Chicago
Sterckx, Sigrid, and Kasper Raus. 2016. “Continuous Sedation at the End of Life.” In The Oxford Handbook of Ethics at the End of Life, ed. Stuart J Youngner and Robert M Arnold, 109–125. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
APA
Sterckx, S., & Raus, K. (2016). Continuous sedation at the end of life. In S. J. Youngner & R. M. Arnold (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of ethics at the end of life (pp. 109–125). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Vancouver
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Sterckx S, Raus K. Continuous sedation at the end of life. In: Youngner SJ, Arnold RM, editors. The Oxford handbook of ethics at the end of life. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press; 2016. p. 109–25.
MLA
Sterckx, Sigrid, and Kasper Raus. “Continuous Sedation at the End of Life.” The Oxford Handbook of Ethics at the End of Life. Ed. Stuart J Youngner & Robert M Arnold. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2016. 109–125. Print.