Palliative Care, Hospice Care, and Bioethics: A Natural Fit

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Ethical issues at end of life are not primarily medical or science issues but social, legal, religious, and cultural. As societies become increasingly diverse and multicultural, values and norms of behavior may differ. This can give rise to conflict and ethical dilemmas. Nurses working within a specific dominant culture and tradition need to respect the dominant tradition of the institution where they practice at the same time negotiating between ethical systems to meet the goals of the patient.

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