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Type: Journal article
Title: Religious perspectives on withdrawal of treatment from patients with multiple organ failure
Author: Ankeny, R.
Clifford, R.
Jordens, C.
Kerridge, I.
Benson, R.
Citation: Medical Journal of Australia, 2005; 183(11-12):616-621
Publisher: Australasian Med Publ Co Ltd
Issue Date: 2005
ISSN: 0025-729X
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Rachel A Ankeny, Ross Clifford, Christopher F C Jordens, Ian H Kerridge and Rod Benson
Abstract: Religious or spiritual values often influence health care decision-making by patients and their families, particularly in times of crisis. Though religious values might seem to be irrelevant where continuing treatment is judged to be “futile”, such clinical assessments should instead serve to open a dialogue about values and beliefs. The six major religious traditions in Australia have some similar values and principles about death and provision of care for the dying, but differ in their processes of ethical reasoning, cosmologies, and key moral concepts. Engaging with religious traditions on the common ground of basic values (such as human dignity, care, the sacredness of human life, non-violence, compassion, and selflessness) promotes negotiation of the manner in which care is provided, even where conflicts exist.
Keywords: Humans; Multiple Organ Failure; Respiration, Artificial; Life Support Care; Withholding Treatment; Religion and Medicine; Terminally Ill; Australia
Description: The document attached has been archived with permission from the editor of the Medical Journal of Australia (09 January 2008). An external link to the publisher’s copy is included.
RMID: 0020064587
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