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Family carers: ethical and legal issues


Ashby, M and Mendelson, D, Family carers: ethical and legal issues, Family Carers in Palliative Care: A guide for health and social care professionals, Oxford University Press, P Hudson and S Payne (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 93-112. ISBN 978-019173025-2 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216901.003.0006


This chapter examines the ethical and legal issues related to family caregiving in palliative care. The result suggests that death per se is not an ethical issue, and false perceptions of what the law and ethics require have the capacity to obstruct good care and decision-making at the end of life. The findings also indicate that ethics in palliative care is mainly about good process rather than theory and that effective, appropriate and sensitive work with families is necessary for good palliative care to be delivered.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:family caregiving, palliative care, ethical issues, legal issues, death, law, families
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Palliative care
UTAS Author:Ashby, M (Professor Michael Ashby)
ID Code:119234
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2017-07-28
Last Modified:2017-07-28

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