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Magdalena Sikora Grażyna Tomiak Zbigniew Kopański Małgorzata Chajneta Lukas Kober

Abstract

Introduction. Palliative care is the care of end-of-life patients. It is specialist medical care where both the body and soul find help. In the face of suffering, hospice staff participate in the "mystery" of human passing. Palliative care involves supporting both the patient and their relatives in the last phase of the disease, as well as in life. All these activities must be subject to full ethical rules of conduct.
Aim of the study. The aim of the study was to present the role of medical personnel in palliative care of patients, taking into account bioethical principles.
Selection of materials. The search was conducted in the Scopus database using the terms ethics/bioethics, palliative care, professional tasks of a nurse 1991-2018. The literature found in the Google Scholar database was analysed in terms of the highest number of citations. Such selected literature was used as a material for the preparation of the present paper.
Conclusions. It is the primary responsibility of the medical staff to listen to the patient. When the disease progresses and medicine becomes helpless, the patient faces inevitable death. This leads to difficult conversations about death and dying.

Keywords: palliative medicine, professional tasks of medical staff, bioethical requirements

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