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
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
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