Treatment and care towards the end of life: good practice in decision makingNovember 4 2010
This guidance provides a framework for good practice aimed at doctors when providing treatment and care for patients who are reaching the end of their lives.
This guidance is based on long-established ethical principles, which include doctors’ obligations to show respect for human life; to protect the health of patients; to treat patients with respect and dignity; and to make the care of their patients their first concern.
This guidance is addressed to doctors. However, it may also help patients and the public to understand what to expect of their doctors, in circumstances in which patients and those close to them may be particularly vulnerable and in need of support.