Conférence Internationale : Continuous sedation at the end of life : Ethical perspectives

du vendredi 11 mars 2011 à partir de 08H30 au samedi 12 mars 2011 jusqu'à 17H00

Hôtel Marriot Ghent (Belgique)

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This conference aims to discuss continuous sedation at the end of life from ethical, clinical, and legal perspectives.

Continuous sedation at the end of life is a relatively new practice whereby a physician uses sedatives to reduce or take away the consciousness of a patient until death follows. The practice is often accompanied by a withdrawal of artificial hydration and nutrition. Recent data suggest that this practice occurs frequently, for example in Belgium, The Netherlands and the UK. However, it also raises many questions regarding the need for regulation, clinical implications, and ethical aspects. Unfortunately, these debates are rarely combined.

This conference will bring together foremost scholars working on end-of-life issues in general, and continuous sedation in particular. The goal is to acquire profound and rich insights into a practice that is the topic of hot debate. The rising incidence of continuous sedation makes reflection of this kind highly pertinent.

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