Ethical issues in end-of-life geriatric care: The approach of three monotheistic religions—judaism, catholicism, and islam

A. Mark Clarfield, Michael Gordon, Hazel Markwell, Shabbir M.H. Alibhai

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Abstract

Ethical dilemmas pervade modern geriatric medicine. What is considered right or wrong will differ depending on, among other things, the patient’s religion. The three Abrahamic monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity (its Catholic variant), and Islam all have carefully considered positions on medical ethics. Although much is held in common, there are significant differences. The authors present three clinical cases, each of which presents ethical dilemmas typical of geriatric care, especially at the end of life. On the basis of these scenarios, the normative ethical position of each religion is compared and contrasted. It is hoped that this approach will offer the geriatrician a useful approach to treating patients in an increasingly multicultural society. J Am Geriatr Soc 51: 1149–1154, 2003.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Elderly
Subtitle of host publicationLegal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare Policy
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages187-192
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781351890878
ISBN (Print)9780754620440
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017

Keywords

  • Care of the elderly
  • End-of-life care
  • Medical ethics
  • Religion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (all)

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