Phi 208 End of Life Care Essay

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End of Life Medical Issues PHI 208 Ethics and Moral Reasoning End of Life Medical Issues End of life care is defined as “care that helps those with advanced, progressive, incurable illness to live as well as possible until they die. End of life care is about total care of a person with an advanced incurable illness and does not just equate with dying. The end of life care phase may last for weeks, months or even years” (Cumbria and Lancashire, 2011). In today’s day and age, end of life care is presented in many different forms. Some of these forms, such as Hospice, are readily acceptable by the members of our society. However other forms, such as Dr. assisted suicide, or euthanasia, is very controversial. Euthanasia is defined as “the practice of ending a life prematurely in order to end pain and suffering, this process is also sometimes called Mercy Killing” (, 2015). A great majority of society believe certain forms of end of life care such as Dr. assisted suicide are ethically, morally and legally wrong. An analysis of the end of life medical process reveals at the core of the controversies two main challenges facing healthcare and social worker professionals. Do individuals have the right to end their lives whenever they choose to, or must they just let nature take its course and allow life to end naturally? The lines in this argument are not always black and white, especially when patients are suffering. A Pew Research Center survey on end-of-life decisions finds most Americans say “there are some circumstances in which healthcare professionals should allow a patient to die. At the same time, however, a growing minority says that medical professionals should do everything possible to save a patient’s life in all circumstances” (Pew Research Center, 2013). When making the decision regarding their involvement in the End of Life process for any

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