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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 30--36

Treatment decisions in advanced disease: A conceptual framework

1 Interdisciplinary Centre for the Study of Religion and Worldview, K.U. Leuven, Belgium
2 J. Vander Vekenstraat 158, 1780 Wemmel, Belgium

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Bert Broeckaert
Interdisciplinary Centre for the Study of Religion and Worldview, K.U. Leuven
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-1075.53509

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This English translation, made by a professional translator in close cooperation with the author and kindly proofread by Dr. Phil Larkin, follows the original text as closely as possible. However, though we thought it was wise to maintain the official (but not unproblematic) Dutch/Belgian definition of euthanasia in the original text (written for Belgian readers), the English texts offers a new and clearer definition of euthanasia. From the very beginning of the Belgian euthanasia debate in 1999, the Flemish Palliative Care Federation has chosen not to stay on the sideline, but to take an active part in the discussion and formulate recommendations based on our expertise and experience. Time and again we have pointed out that the ethical issues at the end of life are not just restricted to those of euthanasia. We have found that there is still much confusion about, for example, the difference or the boundary between pain control and euthanasia or between euthanasia and withholding life-sustaining treatment. Therefore, we thought it appropriate to put the following conceptual framework with regard to treatment decisions in advanced illness forward.


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