End-of-Life Ethical Issues in Japan


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Abstract

This article discusses the end-of-life ethical issues of disclosure of information to the terminally ill patient, informed consent, and overtreatment for the elderly people of Japan. These issues are placed within the cultural context of Japan, which is discussing and developing ways to deal with them. The ethical problems that nurses confront when they work clinically with elderly patients also are outlined. No consensus has been reached about the ethics of health care in Japan.

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