Which Ethical Considerations Should Inform Hospice Decisions About Caring for Patients With Obesity?

AMA J Ethics. 2019 Oct 1;21(10):E873-878. doi: 10.1001/amajethics.2019.873.


Hospice and palliative care clinicians have the potential to advocate for high-quality medical care for patients with obesity. This article explores current evidence on obesity at the end of life and ethical questions that emerge when a decision is made to enroll a patient with obesity in hospice.

MeSH terms

  • Decision Making* / ethics
  • Health Priorities / ethics
  • Hospice Care / ethics*
  • Hospice Care / methods
  • Humans
  • Obesity / complications
  • Obesity / therapy*
  • Quality of Life
  • Resource Allocation / ethics
  • Resource Allocation / methods
  • Terminal Care / ethics
  • Terminal Care / methods