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Br J Nurs. 2006 Jan 12-15;15(1):18-20.

Analysis of patients' rights: dementia and PEG insertion.

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  • PEG Team on Endoscopy, Aintree Hospitals NHS Trust, Liverpool.

Abstract

The decision to provide or withhold artificial feeding in patients with advanced dementia presents a multifaceted ethical dilemma. This article analyses the issues of rights regarding such patients and explores the ethical principles of beneficence, non-maleficence, respect/autonomy, justice and veracity. Evidence points strongly to hand-feeding being the method of choice for these patients (Finucane et al, 1999; Li, 2002). However, for each case there is no right or wrong answer and the physical and psychological wellbeing of the individual patient must be taken into account.

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16415742
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