KeywordsBioethics -- Malta -- Congresses
Informed consent (Medical law) -- Moral and ethical aspects
Patient refusal of treatment
Therapeutics -- Moral and ethical aspects
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Abstractin the last few decades it has become clear that treatment should not be prolonged indefinitely, when it has ceased to provide a benefit for the patient. Mechanical respirators, artificial hearts, dialysis machines, and resuscitation techniques can prolong the act of dying and at great financial, social, and emotional costs to individuals and society. Now the central ethical question is: When is it morally permissible or even mandatory to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatments? How is Hippocrates' moral dictum to be implemented amid the technical complexities of contemporary medicine?
Agius, E. (2002). Witholding and withdrawing treatments : ethics at the bedside. Bioethical issues at the beginning and end of life, Malta. 125-134