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Witholding withdrawing life support

Clémence Joly, Elisabeth Ghazi Elie, Eric Maillet, Didier Hannequin, Elisabeth Guédon
Refractory suffering of terminally ill people may be physical (pain, dyspnea, vomiting...) or existential (spiritual sufferings, anxiousness...). End-of-life decisions are often around ethics. Decision making near the end of life consists in witholding and withdrawing life-support treatment and prescribing both of treatments with risk of double effect and sedation for distress. In France, such decisions are defined by the deontology code and by the law of April 22nd, 2005 concerning the end of life and patients' rights...
April 2011: La Presse Médicale
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