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Law, Palliative Care and Dying

Legal and Ethical Challenges, 1st Edition

By John Lombard


262 pages

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Law, Palliative Care and Dying critically examines the role of the legal framework in shaping the boundaries of palliative care practice. The work underlines the importance of a distinct legal framework for specialist palliative care which can provide clarity for both the healthcare professional and the patient. It examines the legal and ethical justifications for specialist palliative care practices and, in doing so, it questions the legitimacy of the distinction between euthanasia and practices such as palliative sedation. Moreover, this work discusses the influence of a human rights discourse on palliative care and examines the contribution of autonomy, dignity, and the right to palliative care.

This book includes detailed comparative research on several European jurisdictions. The jurisdictions illustrate varied approaches to palliative care regulation and promotion. In this manner, the role of professional guidelines and legislation are drawn out and common themes in the regulation of palliative care emerge.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The Development and Practice of Palliative Care; 3. Specialist Palliative Care and Euthanasia: A Legitimate Distinction?; 4. The Human Rights Framework for Palliative Care; 5. The Legal Framework for Palliative Care in the United Kingdom and Ireland; 6. The Legal Framework for Palliative Care in the Netherlands; 7. The Legal Framework for Palliative Care in France; 8. Conclusion; 9. Index

About the Author

John Lombard is a lecturer in the School of Law, University of Limerick. He teaches Medical Law at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Civil Rights
LAW / Comparative
LAW / Ethics & Professional Responsibility
LAW / Medical Law & Legislation
MEDICAL / Ethics