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The right to die: 'do not resuscitate': the Terri Schiavo case. How does hospice fit in?

Caring : National Association for Home Care magazine. 
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The life and death of Terri Schiavo left a legacy of increased awareness of the need for written directives for health care. Without advance directives, questions about decisions including guardianship, 'do not resuscitate', the use of artificial hydration and nutrition, and palliative sedation are suddenly important considerations. Because of her circumstances, "one of the most extensively litigated cases in the American judicial history ensued, leading to significant ethical, moral, religious, and legal issues". While the legal case was resolved after 15 years, questions remain with regard to the choices available for end-of-life care. What have we learned?
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