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Keywords

advanced directives, bioethical issues, euthanasia, life-sustaining therapies

 

Authors

  1. Porter, Theresa BSN
  2. Johnson, Punporn BSN
  3. Warren, Nancy A. PhD, RN

Abstract

Ethical issues about death, dying, and a person's right to make end-of-life decisions have become one of the most legally complex and culturally sensitive areas to emerge in our time. Sensitive issues associated with a terminally ill individual's right to make end-of-life decisions and the disposition of those who are unable to make such decisions for themselves will keep healthcare professionals, medical ethicists, counselors, families, lawyers, judges, and legislators busy for years to come. Americans find it difficult to deal with end-of-life issues and would rather focus on what more can be done to save a life.