This case report describes a patient admitted unconscious to a hospice following an intentional overdose of oxycodone. She had previously declined conventional medical treatment for cancer and had made an advance decision stating that she wished to avoid hospital admission and refusing life-prolonging treatment. This case illustrates the practical and ethical challenges of managing an intentional overdose in a palliative care setting.
- Hospice care
- palliative care
- advance care planning
- Received 13 August 2016.
- Revision received 27 April 2017.
- Accepted 26 June 2017.
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Contributors Background research by PP. Article written by TD and HA with editorial input from PP. Article submitted by TD. The guarantor for content is TD.
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