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12 | 2016
Incertitude médicale, prise de décision et accompagnement en fin de vie

Medical uncertainty, decision-making and end-of-life accompaniment
Edited by Sylvie Fortin and Josiane Le Gall

In this special issue about medical uncertainty, decision-making and end-of-life accompaniment, the authors identify some of the various stakes of complex and plural decisions related to death. Technology and biotechnology reduce spontaneous deaths in hospitals. Thus, healthcare professionals, sick individuals and their relatives must now deal with situations once exceptional. The articles presented in this issue draw on corpuses of data that were collected in several national contexts (France, Italy, Switzerland, and Quebec) and diverse locations (hospital, palliative care unit, home). They broach end of life from manifold perspectives (genetic disorders, cancer, neonatal care, intensive care) and at various moments of it (palliation, terminal moments, and sedation).

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