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Is withdrawing treatment really more problematic than withholding treatment?

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There is a concern that as a result of COVID-19 there will be a shortage of ventilators for patients requiring respiratory support. This concern has resulted in significant debate about whether it is appropriate to withdraw ventilation from one patient in order to provide it to another patient who may benefit more. The current advice available to doctors appears to be inconsistent, with some suggesting withdrawal of treatment is more serious than withholding, while others suggest that this di...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
Oxford college:
Merton College
Role:
Author
ORCID:
0000-0003-3958-8633
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Publisher:
BMJ Publisher's website
Journal:
Journal of Medical Ethics Journal website
Publication date:
2020-05-25
Acceptance date:
2020-05-04
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EISSN:
1473-4257
ISSN:
0306-6800
Pmid:
32451343
Pubs id:
1109548
Local pid:
pubs:1109548
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English
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Print-Electronic

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