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Use of pharmacologic agents to hasten the death of a terminally ill patient; illegal in most states.
Self-determination; in the health care context, the right of the individual to make choices about the use and discontinuation of medical treatment.
Period during which mourning for a loss takes place
Greek for “good death”; has evolved to mean the intentional killing by act or omission of a dependent human being for his or her alleged benefit
The personal feelings that accompany an anticipated or actual loss
A coordinated program of interdisciplinary care and services provided primarily in the home to terminally ill patients and their families
Communication and cooperation among members of diverse health care disciplines jointly to plan, implement, and evaluate care
Medicare Hospice Benefit
A Medicare entitlement that provides for comprehensive, interdisciplinary palliative care and services for eligible beneficiaries who have a terminal illness and a life expectancy of less than 6 months
Individual, family, group and cultural expressions of grief and associated behaviors
Comprehensive care for patients whose disease is not responsive to cure; care also extends to patients’ families
The expected course of an illness and the chance for recovery
Personal belief systems that focus on search for meaning and purpose in life, intangible elements that impart meaning and vitality to life, and a connectedness to a higher or transcendent dimension
Progressive, irreversible illness that despite cure-focused medical treatment will result in the patient’s death
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