End-of-Life Decision Making across Cultures

Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 39 (2):201-214 (2011)
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Abstract

Even more so than in other areas of medicine, issues at the end of life elucidate the importance of religion and culture, as well as the role of the family and other social structures, in how these issues are framed. This article presents an overview of the variation in end-of-life treatment issues across 12 highly disparate countries. It finds that many assumptions held in the western bioethics literature are not easily transferred to other cultural settings

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