Guidelines for the ethical management of people with advanced chronic or terminal conditions in the final months of life – NHMRC – 8 September 2011

Posted on September 9, 2011. Filed under: Oncology, Patient Participation | Tags: , |

Guidelines for the ethical management of people with advanced chronic or terminal conditions in the final months of life – NHMRC – 8 September 2011
ISBN: 1864965258

“Many people of all ages are diagnosed with chronic or terminal conditions every year.

If you are an individual in this situation or a health practitioner providing care for someone in this situation, the guidance and framework documents on this page may assist with the difficult ethical deliberations around the care you are receiving or providing.

The framework is intended for health professionals and has been designed to guide deliberations over ethical aspects of providing care at the transition phase of a patient’s journey through an advanced chronic or terminal condition, including cancer.

The guide is intended for patients (of all ages), families and carers and has been designed to facilitate what can be difficult conversations about ethically related issues which arise at this time of transition e.g. preferred type and place of care – hospice, hospital, or home.

Both the framework and the guide identify key ethical principles and values relevant to the last twelve months or so of life for those with an advanced chronic or terminal condition making the transition to palliative care. The documents pose some questions which can be explored at any stage of this transition whether as patients, health professionals, family or carers.

They also provide additional resources via web-links to assist health professionals, patients, carers or family members to access further information and advice for deliberations about the ethical aspects of the palliative care being provided.”

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