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Should people die a natural death?
University of Borås, School of Health Science.
2005 (English)In: Health Care Analysis, ISSN 1065-3058, E-ISSN 1573-3394, Vol. 13, no 4, 275-287 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
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In the article the concept of natural death as used in end-of-life decision contexts is explored. Reviewing some recent empirical studies on end-of-life decisionmaking, it is argued that the concept of natural death should not be used as an action-guiding concept in end-of-life decisions both for being too imprecise and descriptively open in its current use but mainly since it appears to be superfluous to the kind of considerations that are really at stake in these situations. Considerations in terms of the quality of life cost of the intervention in relation to the quality and length of life benefits of the same intervention. In referring to the concept of natural death we risk to blur these considerations and end up in difficult distinctions between what is a natural and non- or un-natural death, a distinction which it is argued is of no real moral interest.

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Springer New York LLC , 2005. Vol. 13, no 4, 275-287 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-2959DOI: 10.1007/s10728-005-8125-1Local ID: 2320/7298OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-2959DiVA: diva2:871053
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