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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1149-1154
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
    Volume51
    Issue number8
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 1 Aug 2003

    Keywords

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

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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