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Med Health Care Philos. 2003;6(3):263-72.

Moral problems in palliative care practice: a qualitative study.

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University Medical Centre Nijmegen, Department of Ethics, Philosophy and History of Medicine, 232 EFG, PO Box 9101, 6500 HB Nijmegen, the Netherlands.


Clarifying and analysing moral problems arising in the practice of palliative care was the objective of participatory observations in five palliative care settings. The results of these observations will be described in this contribution. The moral problems palliative caregivers have to deal with in their daily routines will be explained by comparison with the findings of a previously performed literature study. The specific differences in the manifestation of moral problems in the different palliative care settings will be highlighted as well.

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