José Ignacio Ricarte Díez, The dissertation for his Ph.D. in Medicine from the Universidad de Zaragoza.
The health sciences are experiencing a shift in the current paradigm. The medical view of death is tending toward an interdisciplinary approach in treating the terminally ill. Palliative care units are becoming the norm in hospitals, and a person's health is increasingly viewed as a whole, a concept which transcends the more restrictive idea of health as the absence of illness. The health profession is seriously re-evaluating how it tends to the needs of the dying as these dilemmas are very difficult to resolve given the difficulty of evaluating the patient's feelings or human suffering.
Based on the ten rights of the terminally ill patient established by the Catalan-Balear Society of Palliative Care, the author conducted surveys in two public hospitals (San Jorge Hospital in Huesca and Can Misses Hospital in Ibiza) to evaluate hospital compliance with these rights.
Ricarte Díez, J.
Evaluación de los derechos de la persona en situación terminal en un hospital general.
Barcelona: Institut Borja de Bioètica, Fundación Mapfre Medicina, 2003. 155p.