At times you may wish to refer to a framework that assists health care decision making regarding the management of advanced chronic / terminal conditions. The enclosed publication by the National Health and Medical Research Council An ethical framework for integrating palliative care principles into the management of advanced chronic or terminal conditions is a good resource to have on hand.
‘This framework aims to facilitate best ethical practice for those people who are receiving palliative care for an advanced chronic or terminal condition in the last twelve months or so of their lives. The framework has been designed to guide the deliberations of individual health professionals as they consider the ethical dimensions of the care they deliver at this stage of a patient’s journey through a chronic condition and / or a terminal illness, including cancer. ‘