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Erschienen in: Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift 23-24/2015

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Walking the line. Palliative sedation for existential distress: still a controversial issue?

verfasst von: Sophie Schur, Lukas Radbruch, Eva K. Masel, Dietmar Weixler, Herbert H. Watzke

Erschienen in: Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift | Ausgabe 23-24/2015

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Abstract

Adequate symptom relief is a central aspect of medical care of all patients especially in those with an incurable disease. However, as an illness progresses and the end of life approaches, physical or psychoexistential symptoms may remain uncontrollable requiring palliative sedation. Although palliative sedation has become an increasingly implemented practice in the care of terminally ill patients, sedation in the management of refractory psychological symptoms and existential distress is still a controversial issue and much debated. This case report presents a patient who received palliative sedation for the treatment of existential distress and discusses considerations that may arise from such a therapeutic approach.
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Metadaten
Titel
Walking the line. Palliative sedation for existential distress: still a controversial issue?
verfasst von
Sophie Schur
Lukas Radbruch
Eva K. Masel
Dietmar Weixler
Herbert H. Watzke
Publikationsdatum
01.12.2015
Verlag
Springer Vienna
Erschienen in
Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift / Ausgabe 23-24/2015
Print ISSN: 0043-5341
Elektronische ISSN: 1563-258X
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10354-015-0402-5