Palliatieve sedatie – omdat de patiënt dat wil?

Uitspraak tuchtrechter zorgt voor grote verwarring
Aart C. Hendriks en Bert Keizer

Palliative sedation – because it’s what the patient wants? Pronouncement of Disciplinary Court cause of great confusion

The Medical Disciplinary Court of The Hague recently imposed an official warning on two physicians who did not yield to the pressure exerted by a 102-year-old patient and her family to start palliative sedation. This decision not only restricts the directing role of physicians with respect to the end-of-life phase, but is also inconsistent with the guideline from the Royal Dutch Medical Association (KNMG) on palliative sedation.

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