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"death with dignity"

Etymology: AS, death + L, dignus, worthy
the philosophical concept that a terminally ill client should be allowed to die naturally and comfortably, rather than experience a comatose, vegetative life prolonged by mechanical support systems.

death with dig·ni·ty

(deth dig'ni-tē)
An option chosen by a competent individual, or one having power of attorney when he/she is incompetent to make an informed choice, about actions to be taken when that individual is dying. Death with dignity often includes the implementation or withholding of various treatments as defined by the competent person and/or person with power of attorney. These treatments may range from the implementation of comfort measures, including pain control, antibiotic therapy, blood administration, cardiovascular medications, and palliative measures to life-sustaining devices. Other treatments may include the withdrawal of life-sustaining measures such as enteral feedings and resuscitative interventions, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation and medications.

death with dignity

Death that is allowed to occur in accordance with the wishes of a patient. An individual may choose to withdraw from chronic medical therapies, as when there is little expectation of cure. Patients who choose death rather than active treatment often have advanced malignancies, poor performance status, major depression, poor social support, or a desire for a palliative approach to end-of-life care.
See also: death
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