End-of-Life Care: A Human Rights Issue

Human Rights: Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities, American Bar Association, Vol. 30, No. 2, Spring 2003

4 Pages Posted: 24 Sep 2008

Date Written: September, 24 2008

Abstract

The American Medical Association's Code of Medical Ethics states "physicians have an obligation to relieve pain and suffering and to promote dignity and autonomy of dying patients in their care. This includes providing effective palliative treatment even though it may forseeably hasten death." During the past decade, authoritative literature from medical journals has also exhorted physicians to treat pain attentively and aggressively. And the compasion cases of Quill V. Vacco, 117 S. Ct. 2293 (1997), and Glucksberg v. Washington, 117 S. Ct. 2258 (1997), recognized that dying and suffering patients have a right to adequate pain management.

Keywords: end of life, end of life care, palliative care, Quill, Glucksberg, American Medical Association, Code of Medical Ethics, Bergman, California, pain management, pain, pain care, inadequate pain care, undertreatment of pain, Ashcroft, Oregon Death with Dignity Act, death with dignity

JEL Classification: I00, I10, I11, I12, I18, I19, I28, J18, K00, K10, K13, K14, K19, K32, K39

Suggested Citation

Tucker, Kathryn L., End-of-Life Care: A Human Rights Issue (September, 24 2008). Human Rights: Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities, American Bar Association, Vol. 30, No. 2, Spring 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1272834

Kathryn L. Tucker (Contact Author)

Compassion & Choices ( email )

PO Box 101810
Denver, CO 80250
United States

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