Ethical Decision Making at the End of Life

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This chapter examines the issue of ethical decision making in end-of-life care for children. It explains that decisions at the end of life are fraught with confusion, uncertainty, ambiguity, and deep emotions and that the emotional intensity that surrounds them can magnify the ethical concerns. The chaptersuggests that a moral framework and a commitment to a systematic ethical decision-making process with adequate procedural safeguards are essential for optimal care of dying children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHospice Care for Children
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199999927
ISBN (Print)9780195340709
StatePublished - Nov 17 2011


  • Decision making
  • Dying children
  • End of life
  • Ethics
  • Moral framework
  • Optimal care
  • Procedural safeguards

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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