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End-of-life decisions between inner reflexivity and care relationship: notes for a research design
Journal Title: SALUTE E SOCIETÀ 
Author/s:  Guido Giarelli 
Year:  2011 Issue: 1En Language: English 
Pages:  19 Pg. 66-84 FullText PDF:  304 KB
DOI:  10.3280/SES2011-001005 EN
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After reconstructing in details the cases of Piergiorgio Welby and Eluana Englaro as illustrative in the Italian context of the problems raised by the crises of the idea of cerebral death and by the condition of "permanent vegetative state", there is an attempt to analyze, beyond the news, the different types of end-of-life decisions considering the specific issues of legal, bioethical and sociological nature pertaining to each of them, trying to outline for everyone some research designs of sociological interest; to conclude with a series of considerations on a couple of background questions related to the concept of person which, implicitly or explicitly, cross cuts all the different debates, and the care relationship, as a framework within which the end-of-life decision is embedded.
Keywords: End-of-life decisions, advance treatment directives, living will, person, interior reflexivity, care relationship

Guido Giarelli, in "SALUTE E SOCIETÀ" 1En/2011, pp. 66-84, DOI:10.3280/SES2011-001005 EN


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