The Dependent Elderly

The Dependent Elderly

by Luke Gormally
     
 

This thoughtful and compassionate account addresses some of the difficult ethical and medical issues raised in the provision of health care for the dependent elderly patient. Care of the dependent elderly is subject to conflicting priorities arising from the demands of patients, their relatives, the fair allocation of medical and financial resources, and the medical… See more details below

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This thoughtful and compassionate account addresses some of the difficult ethical and medical issues raised in the provision of health care for the dependent elderly patient. Care of the dependent elderly is subject to conflicting priorities arising from the demands of patients, their relatives, the fair allocation of medical and financial resources, and the medical ethos to prolong life. A distinguished team of contributors, selected from the fields of medicine, philosophy, ethics, and law, discuss and critically evaluate these issues. This volume will provide a focus for further debate and interest in this important subject.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521061254
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/24/2008
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
1Introduction1
2Difficult choices in treating and feeding the debilitated elderly11
3The American debate about artificial nutrition and hydration28
4Reflections on Horan and Boyle47
5The Living Will: the ethical framework of a recent report53
6Some reflections on euthanasia in The Netherlands70
7Is there a policy for the elderly needing long-term care?101
8Is it possible to provide good quality long-term care without unfair discrimination?114
9The prospects for long-term care: current policy and realistic alternatives123
1OWhat is required for good quality in long-term care of the elderly?140
11Should age make a difference in health care entitlement?147
12Economic devices and ethical pitfalls: quality of life, the distribution of resources and the needs of the elderly158
13The Aged: non-persons, human dignity and justice181
14Economics, justice and the value of life: concluding remarks189
Index199

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