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Erschienen in: Notfall + Rettungsmedizin 8/2012

01.12.2012 | Leitthema

What is a “good death”?

verfasst von: MD Prof. A. Steinberg

Erschienen in: Notfall + Rettungsmedizin | Ausgabe 8/2012

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Abstract

Question

Every human being is mortal; the question is, however, what is the most appropriate way to die?

Discussion

There is no one answer to this question. This dilemma is not primarily a medical or scientific dilemma, but rather a social, ethical, religious, legal and cultural dilemma. Hence, caring for the dying patient by families and health professionals is a challenging task. This dilemma should be resolved by experts in the fields of ethics, religion and law.

Conclusion

In general, a “good death” is how an autonomous person wishes it to be, within the limits of societal norms and values. In all circumstances there is a moral–religious duty to provide palliative care to the dying (actually to every) patient in order to alleviate pain and suffering.
Metadaten
Titel
What is a “good death”?
verfasst von
MD Prof. A. Steinberg
Publikationsdatum
01.12.2012
Verlag
Springer-Verlag
Erschienen in
Notfall + Rettungsmedizin / Ausgabe 8/2012
Print ISSN: 1434-6222
Elektronische ISSN: 1436-0578
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10049-011-1540-y