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Jan 2019 BMC palliative care

Medical staff opposition to a deep and continuous palliative sedation request under Claeys-Leonetti law.

Authors

Vitale C, de Nonneville A, Fichaux M, Salas S

Summary

For the year 2018, the French government plans a revision of bioethics laws, including certainly the recent Claeys-Leonetti law introducing the right to deep and continuous sedation at the request of palliative patients and prohibiting euthanasia for end-of-life patients. Because there is no published data on medical staff opposition to a deep and continuous palliative sedation request under Claeys-Leonetti law, we believe this report may give insight into physicians’ decision making, into the role of criteria for prudent practice, and thus contribute to the bioethical debate.

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