n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Ethical decisions in end-of-life care : main topic

Volume 21, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



It is important that doctors base their practice on sound ethical principles of autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence and justice. Respect for autonomy promotes the development of a trusting relationship between doctor and patient. The practitioner should ensure that the patient and family are informed regarding the treatment, benefit and burden and likely improvement in quality of life, and support the patient's decision. Effective palliative care techniques can relieve distressing symptoms without shortening life.

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