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    How palliative care patients’ feelings of being a burden to others can motivate a wish to die. Moral challenges in clinics and families.Heike Gudat, Kathrin Ohnsorge, Nina Streeck & Christoph Rehmann‐Sutter - 2019 - Bioethics 33 (4):421-430.
    The article explores the underlying reasons for patients’ self‐perception of being a burden (SPB) in family settings, including its impact on relationships when wishes to die (WTD) are expressed. In a prospective, interview‐based study of WTD in patients with advanced cancer and non‐cancer disease (organ failure, degenerative neurological disease, and frailty) SPB was an important emerging theme. In a sub‐analysis we examined (a) the facets of SPB, (b) correlations between SPB and WTD, and (c) SPB as a relational phenomenon. We (...)
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    Ambivalence: The Patient’s Perspective Counts.Kathrin Ohnsorge, Guy Widdershoven, Heike Gudat & Christoph Rehmann-Sutter - 2022 - American Journal of Bioethics 22 (6):55-57.
    Patient ambivalence is a little studied phenomenon. Therefore, the contribution of Moore et al. (2022) about patient ambivalence in medical decision-making is welcome. Also, the idea that ambivalen...
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    Monological versus dialogical consciousness – two epistemological views on the use of theory in clinical ethical practice.Kathrin Ohnsorge & Guy Widdershoven - 2011 - Bioethics 25 (7):361-369.
    In this article, we argue that a critical examination of epistemological and anthropological presuppositions might lead to a more fruitful use of theory in clinical-ethical practice. We differentiate between two views of conceptualizing ethics, referring to Charles Taylors' two epistemological models: ‘monological’ versus ‘dialogical consciousness’. We show that the conception of ethics in the model of ‘dialogical consciousness’ is radically different from the classical understanding of ethics in the model of ‘monological consciousness’. To reach accountable moral judgments, ethics cannot be (...)
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    “Being a burden to others” and wishes to die: An ethically complicated relation.Christoph Rehmann‐Sutter, Kathrin Ohnsorge, Bregje Onwuteaka‐Philipsen & Guy Widdershoven - 2019 - Bioethics 33 (4):409-410.
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    The patient's wish to die: research, ethics, and palliative care.Christoph Rehmann-Sutter, Heike Gudat & Kathrin Ohnsorge (eds.) - 2015 - Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    Wish to die statements are becoming a frequent phenomenon in terminally ill patients. Those confronted by these statments need to understand the complexity of such wishes, so they can respond competently and compassionately to the requests. If misunderstood, the statements can be taken at face-value and the practitioner may not recognise that a patient is in fact experiencing ambivalent feelings at the end of life, or they may misinterpret the expressed wish to die as a sign of clinical depression. Public (...)
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