Difficult decisions in palliative care

Br J Hosp Med. 1996 Sep 18-Oct 1;56(6):264-7.


No two patients and no two clinical situations are identical. Clinical complexities in care occur in the physical and psychosocial domains, often confounded by the family's views. An ethical framework for clinical decision making is essential to underpin robust management of difficult situations.

MeSH terms

  • Analgesics / therapeutic use
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Decision Making*
  • Emergencies
  • Ethics, Medical*
  • Humans
  • Medical Futility
  • Metabolic Diseases / therapy
  • Nursing Care
  • Palliative Care*
  • Patient Advocacy
  • Treatment Refusal


  • Analgesics
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents