The Palliative Sedation Therapy

Paolo Cattorini


The palliative sedation therapy keeps the patient unconscious until death,to prevent unbearable, intractable symptoms. It is not a form of euthanasia (even from a Catholic point of view) but a morally licit way of assisting dying patients. The author examines the principle of double effect and the elements of informed consent (and advance directives) from a narrative ethical perspective.


Keywords: Palliative sedation therapy Euthanasia Pain Suffering - Informed consent

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