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Belgium Does the Belgian model of integrated palliative care distort palliative care practice?

Author / Source : Raphaëlle d'Yvoire Published on : Thematic : End of life / Palliative care Files Temps de lecture : 100 min. (dont PDF)

The purpose of this report is to describe the Belgian model of end of life care that, since 2002, has aimed at developing "palliative care for all", while nonetheless authorizing the practice of euthanasia under certain conditions. The thirteen years since the passage of this decree have culminated in a clash between two opinions:  * one affirms that the decriminalization of euthanasia has truly enabled the development of continuous, palliative care; * the other, conversely, stresses that ...

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Ethical points in caring for people nearing end-of-life

Author / Source : Etienne MONTERO Published on : Thematic : End of life / Palliative care Files Temps de lecture : 71 min. (dont PDF)

Ethical points in caring for people nearing end-of-life

The media has focussed on extreme cases which have been brought to public attention because of their particularly dramatic nature. Thus, the discussion has largely been based around certain "unusual" situations with high emotional stakes. Because of this, the complex and sensitive public debate surrounding the end of life is all too often reduced to a few paltry clichés and stereotypes built on feelings rather than an exchange of rational arguments. There is no end to specialised publications ...

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