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Clinical Epidemiology and Ageing

[Evolution of patients' rights at the end of life].

Rwabihama J-P, Rabus M-T, Perilliat J-G Presse Med. 2015;44(4 Pt 1):392-400.

Since the early 1999, palliative cares were legally allowed in France. The rights of end of life'patients have been reinforced by the Kouchner law in 2002 and by the Leonetti law in 2005. During the last decade, several critical conditions of end of life showed the weaknesses of the Leonetti law however different assessments of this law recently carried out by officials, revealed that healthcare providers and general population were unfamiliar with this law. Before adopting new legislation, there is a huge need to promote palliative care and to train healthcare providers and general population to manage the last moments of end of life.

MeSH terms: Europe; France; Health Personnel; Humans; Occupational Diseases; Patient Rights; Stress, Psychological; Terminal Care; United States
DOI: 10.1016/j.lpm.2015.02.010

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