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Thursday 19th September 2019

End-of-Life Care and Pragmatic Decision Making: A Bioethical Perspective

21st December 2009

 Every one of us will die, and the processes we go through will be our own – unique to our own experiences and life stories. End-of-Life Care and Pragmatic Decision Making provides a pragmatic philosophical framework based on a radically empirical attitude toward life and death.

End of Life Care

D. Micah Hester takes seriously the complexities of experiences and argues that when making end-of-life decisions, healthcare providers ought to pay close attention to the narratives of patients and the communities they inhabit so that their dying processes embody their life stories.

He discusses three types of end-of-life patient populations – adults with decision-making capacity, adults without capacity, and children (with a strong focus on infants) – to show the implications of pragmatic empiricism and the scope of decision making at the end of life for different types of patients.

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