Tag: end-of-life care

Blog Posts (11)

February 18, 2014

Euthanasia in Quebec?

Quebec legislators are reportedly within days of passing a law that would permit euthanasia for competent adult patients with incurable disease which causes constant and unbearable physical or mental suffering. The euthanasia-related portion of Bi...
August 6, 2013

Rebuttal to Jason Manne re Dangerous Catholic Attack on POLST

This is a brief rebuttal to Jason Manne’s recent response to my post “ Dangerous Catholic Attack on POLST .”

Manne’s letter misses the point.

March 18, 2013

Check out AJOB Volume 13 Issue 3!!!

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February 23, 2013

Check out February's issue of AJOB!

February 7, 2013

AJOB Neuroscience 2013 issue 1 is here!!!

This year’s first issue of
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February 6, 2013

Hospice Use Rises; So Does Aggressive Care

Joan Teno and her coauthors' analyzed the Medicare fee-for-service records of more than 840,000 people aged 66 or older who died in 2000, 2005, or 2009.  They looked at where seniors died, what medical services were provided during their las...
January 30, 2013

What is Therapeutic Futility? 4 Views of Futility

Maurice Bernstein, M.D.

Coming to the decision that a treatment is futile—meaning that further medical treatment would have no useful result and should not be started or continued—is a decision made with hesitation or at times not at all, either by the patient or family or, unfortunately, even by the physician.…

January 10, 2013

Zfat v. Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital - Orthodox Jews Ask Court to Order Hospital to Continue Life Support

About a year ago, 19-year-old daughter, Danielle Zfat was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  On Nov. 25th she was admitted to Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Florida.  On Jan. 1st her condition worsened and she was placed on life support.&nb...
January 9, 2013

Son's Perspective on Using VSED to Hasten Death

The following is an essay by Marc Newhouse on his mother's use of VSED.  Marc Newhouse is a former cellist, nurse, and English teacher.  He is now a book author who blogs at Life, Death and Iguanas. In April of 2010, my...
January 8, 2013

Legal Briefing: POLST: Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment

With Melinda Hexum, I just published "Legal Briefing: POLST: Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment." in The Journal of Clinical Ethics 23, no. 4 (Winter 2012): 353-76.  Here is the abstract: This issue’s “Legal Briefing” colu...

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Published Articles (10)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 15 Issue 8 - Aug 2015

Persistent Problems in Death and Dying David Magnus

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 15 Issue 8 - Aug 2015

The Texas Advanced Directive Law: Unfinished Business Michael Kapottos & Stuart Youngner

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 15 Issue 1 - Jan 2015

Ethical Obligations and Clinical Goals in End-of-Life Care: Deriving a Quality-of-Life Construct Based on the Islamic Concept of Accountability Before God (Taklīf) Aasim Padela & Afshan Mohiuddin

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 3 - Mar 2013

Withdrawal of Nonfutile Life Support After Attempted Suicide Samuel M. Brown, C. Gregory Elliott & Robert Paine

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 3 - Mar 2013

Suicide and the Sufficiency of Surrogate Decision Makers Hywote Taye & David Magnus

AJOB Neuroscience: Volume 4 Issue 1 - Feb 2013

Communicating with the Minimally Conscious: Ethical Implications in End-of-Life Care Kathrine Bendtsen

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 10 Issue 3 - Mar 2010

The Secret of Caring for Mr. Golubchuk

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 10 Issue 3 - Mar 2010

The Case of Samuel Golubchuk and the Right to Live

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 9 Issue 4 - Apr 2009

Unnecessary Time Pressure in Refusal of Life-Sustaining Therapies: Fear of Missing the Opportunity to Die

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 9 Issue 4 - Apr 2009

Response to Open Peer Commentaries for ?Unnecessary Time Pressure in Refusal of Life-Sustaining Therapies?

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News (31)

May 21, 2015 3:25 pm

California Medical Association drops opposition to doctor-assisted suicide

The California Medical Association on Wednesday dropped its three-decade opposition to physician-assisted suicide, possibly paving the way for already-introduced legislation that would make the practice legal for terminally ill patients in the state.

April 23, 2015 5:07 pm

High morale linked to longer survival among elderly

Whether it is cause or effect is unclear, but high morale seems to go along with a longer life, according to a new Scandinavian study.

April 22, 2015 4:55 pm

Death in Secret: California’s Underground World of Assisted Suicide

Physician-assisted suicide is illegal in California. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. Sick patients sometimes ask for help in hastening their deaths, and some doctors will explain, vaguely, how to do it.

March 23, 2015 7:43 pm

Reimburse doctors for helping patients plan end of life care, experts say

Physician incentives are needed to improve end of life care in the U.S., health experts said Friday at an Institute of Medicine (IOM) forum.

February 18, 2015 2:55 pm

Florida puts executions on hold as high court debates anesthetic

Florida’s highest court put executions on hold Tuesday while the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether use of a controversial general anesthetic constitutes “cruel and unusual” punishment of condemned killers.

November 5, 2014 3:36 pm

How Long Have I Got Left?

The path forward would seem obvious, if only I knew how many months or years I had left. Tell me three months, I’d just spend time with family. Tell me one year, I’d have a plan (write that book). Give me 10 years, I’d get back to treating diseases.

November 5, 2014 3:36 pm

A conversation with a cancer patient about palliative care

Palliative care expert Timothy Quill held an intimate conversation with a Stanford neurosurgeon suffering from advanced lung cancer as an example of how physicians should talk to patients with serious illnesses about quality-of-life care.

July 22, 2014 11:28 am

Germany allows seriously ill patients to grow their own cannabis

A German court ruled on Tuesday that some people suffering from chronic pain should be able to cultivate their own cannabis “for therapeutic purposes”.

June 23, 2014 1:55 pm

Critical Care Challenge: Dying with Dignity in the Intensive Care Unit

After a long ICU stay because of septic shock and multiple complications, a frail 77-year-old man had a fall and suffered an acute subdural hematoma and hemorrhagic contusion. Twelve days after evacuation of the subdural hematoma, he remains in a coma and is still receiving mechanical ventilation. How should decisions be made about further treatment?

June 3, 2014 2:01 pm

End-of-Life Doc Payment Plan Returns to the Fray

The federal government may reimburse doctors for talking to Medicare patients and their families about “advance care planning,” including living wills and end-of-life treatment options — potentially rekindling one of the fiercest storms in the Affordable Care Act debate.

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