End of life care pathways: ethical and legal principles
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End of life care pathways: ethical and legal principles

Peter Allmark Principal lecturer, Centre for Health and Social Care Research, Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University
Angela Tod Principal research fellow, Centre for Health and Social Care Research, Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University

Myths have developed surrounding the law and ethical principles in end of life care, which can make care provision at the end of life complex and fraught with potential dilemmas. This article examines three of the most common myths related to the provision of palliative care and highlights their inadequacy when set against the ethical and legal principles on which end of life care pathways are based.

Nursing Standard. 24, 14,35-39. doi: 10.7748/ns2009.12.24.14.35.c7434

Correspondence

p.allmark@shu.ac.uk

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This article has been subject to double blind peer review