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FRAMING THE ETHICAL DEBATE

The ethical questions arising out of termination of life support for incompetent adults may be categorized by the interests of the various stakeholders: patients, physicians, hospitals, families, and society. These stakeholders have both conflicting and complementary interests. The shifting of these interests through time has shaped the history of thinking about termination of life-support decisions. Balancing these interests requires finding an ethical course of action within the constraints imposed by the legal system.[57]

[57]Carton R: The road to euthanasia. JAMA 1990; 263:2221.



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