nonabandonment

nonabandonment

(non?a-ban'dun-ment)
The ethical obligation of a health care provider to remain in a continuous caring partnership with his or her patient. This partnership remains in place during periods of health and illness and is particularly important when the patient has a chronic or life-threatening disease. Several aspects of modern medical care, in which the patient's choice of physician may be limited and disrupt the continuity of the physician-patient relationship, make carrying out this obligation difficult.
See: abandonment
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The strict nonparticipation option they discuss is very hard to explain in terms of the ethical tension between autonomy and good dying because the promise of steadfast presence and nonabandonment is a core tenet of the hospice philosophy of the good.
In the current context, patients may be left to die without adequate care, a result that departs from a core value of nonabandonment and compassion in hospice practice.
Thiessen's volume, on God's nonabandonment of Israel, works meticulously through chapters nine to eleven of Romans; the relation of "believing heathens" to the New Covenant, which is addressed basically to Israel rather than to them; the promised Reign of God; and the 1,000-year kingdom of Revelation.
Certainly, simple duty alone requires the nonabandonment in her hour of need of the one who gave birth to and raised you.
For example, the value of nonabandonment implies certain enduring commitments to patients and families.
Doctors must therefore be constantly attentive if they are to act in the best interest of the patient and be trustworthy in fulfilling critical commitments to care at the end of life-attending to pain and suffering, nonabandonment, and communicating with patients and families in ways that truly enable informed decision-making and uphold personal autonomy.
They argue that nonabandonment is especially important in specialized care involving children.
The norm of nonabandonment is relevant not only to whether physician-assisted death may be legitimate but also to how it should be performed.
Thus, an important policy and practical question for the hospice community or patients considering entry into a hospice program concerns whether fidelity and nonabandonment of the hospice patient requires some level of participation by hospice.
So, for example, a principle of nonabandonment of the sick by itself cannot fully determine a unique solution to the problem of priority setting.
As with the emergency rule, the strength of the duty of nonabandonment is limited if there are alternative treatment sources available in the community.