Must patients always be given food and water?

Title

Must patients always be given food and water?

Creator

Lynn J; Childress JF

Identifier

Publisher

The Hastings Center Report

Date

1983

Subject

Humans; United States; Withholding Treatment; Social Values; Euthanasia; Risk Assessment; Moral Obligations; Ethics; Parenteral Nutrition; Medical; Death and Euthanasia; Analytical Approach; RDF Project; Passive; Life Support Care/legislation & jurisprudence; Malpractice/legislation & jurisprudence; Philosophical Approach

Description

KIE: The widespread consensus that withholding certain life-sustaining treatments, especially those entailing substantial suffering, is sometimes in a patient's best interest conflicts with our basic instincts when the treatments are food and water. Lynn and Childress examine the medical aspects of various nutritional options and the moral obligations pertinent to decision making. They conclude that, in certain limited cases, malnutrition and dehydration need not be corrected and that nutrition and hydration are not distinguishable morally from other life-sustaining treatments that may on occasion be withheld or withdrawn.
1983

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

17-21

Issue

5

Volume

13

Citation

Lynn J; Childress JF, “Must patients always be given food and water?,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed July 23, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/12408.

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