Persona y Bioética 23 (2):180-193 (2019)

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Cuidados paliativos: solución ética acorde con la dignidad humana al final de la vida Cuidados paliativos: solução ética de acordo com a dignidade humana no final da vida It is said that passing laws to legalize euthanasia is absolutely necessary but, in my opinion, it is more pressing to enact a law for the patient to access a universal palliative care service at the end of their life than a law on euthanasia. This article discusses the difference between euthanasia and palliative care. It is affirmed that being in favor of the latter does not mean wanting the patient to be in pain and to suffer, nor extending their life unreasonably. However, opting for palliative care is, on the one hand, what the physician can ethically do as a health worker and, on the other, the only morally acceptable alternative to the natural end of human beings that is appropriate to their dignity. Therefore, palliative care immerses us in an anthropological reflection about our own limitation and fragility, since respect for human life and palliative care dignify the process of dying. Para citar este artículo / To reference this article / Para citar este artigo Zurriaráin RG. Cuidados paliativos: solución ética acorde con la dignidad humana al final de la vida. Pers Bioet. 2019; 23: 180-193. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5294/pebi.2019.23.2.2 Recibido: 08/04/2019 Aceptado: 24/07/2019
Keywords Cuidados paliativos  Palliative care  biomedical research  ciencia  ciência  eutanasia  eutanásia  euthanasia  investigación biomédica  pesquisa biomédica  progreso  progress  progresso  science  sedación  sedation  sedação
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DOI 10.5294/pebi.2019.23.2.2
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