Sedation in palliative medicine is used to limit a patient’s consciousness, to ease his suffering. This paper discusses basic problems of criminal law related to the procedure of sedation, such as measuring the level of suffering, and methods of treating patients, both in hospital and in-home care. The paper presents similari- ties and differences between sedation and euthanasia, particularly in countries where both procedures are legal. It also considers possible legal consequences of the limitation of the patient’s consciousness, which affects the patient’s ability both to make everyday decisions and to take part in family life, as some theories consider that active participation in social life is important to fulfil one’s needs.

https://doi.org/10.32082/fp.v6i56.239

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