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The Ethics of Palliative Care


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Table of Contents

Series editor's preface
the work of the Pallium Project

Part one: Concepts and models of care
Introduction to Part one
Palliative care and the historical background
Palliative care developments in seven European countries
Conceptual tensions in European palliative care
Part two: Moral Values
Introduction to Part two
Moral values in palliative care
a European comparison
From conviction to responsibility in palliative care ethics
Good death or good life as a goal of palliative care
Palliative care
a relational approach
Part three: Ethics and Palliative Care Practice
Introduction to Part three
Respect for autonomy and palliative care
Sedation in palliative care
facts and concepts
Euthanasia and physician assisted suicide
Research ethics and palliative care
Futility, limits and palliative care

About the Author

Henk ten Have is Professor of Medical Ethics and Chair of the Department of Ethics, Philosophy and History of Medicine in the University Medical Centre Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He has been the co-ordinator of the EU funded Pallium project on palliative care ethics. He has published on many issues in bioethics and philosophy of medicine, with particular emphasis on end-of-life care and palliative care. His recent publications are: Palliative care in Europe. Concepts and policies (Amsterdam, IOS Press, 2001) and Bioethics in a European perspective (Dordrecht, Kluwer, 2001).

David Clark is Professor of Medical Sociology within the Palliative Medicine Academic Unit of the University of Sheffield. He has written widely on the sociology of religion, family life and end of life care. He has been involved in research and teaching in palliative care since 1989. His current interests include the history of hospice, palliative care and related fields; policy development and international issues in the growth of palliative care; and palliative care ethics. He is the editor of the Facing Death Series for Open University Press.


"If your professional life is organized such that reflective practice is a practical reality, I believe there is much in this book to stimulate and encourage your thinking." - Jim Gilbert

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