Assessing quality of life: the basis for withdrawal of life-supporting treatment?


  • Paul Fulbrook BSc(Hons) RGN DPSN

    Course Teacher
    1. Intensive and Coronary Care Nursing, Department of Advanced Nursing Studies, School of Health Studies, University of Portsmouth, Hampshire PO6 3LY, England
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In this paper, the ethical issue is addressed of withdrawing life support by asking the question,‘What is quality of life?’ It focuses on the assessment of quality of life, examining how such assessments are made, and highlighting the inability of critically ill patients to participate in decisions regarding termination of their life