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Table 2 Categories for analysis of elements of sedation definitions

From: What do you mean by “palliative sedation”?

Category Description Medical example
Action The activity described as directly executed by an agent Administration of medications
Means Artefacts or natural objects “with which” the action was carried out Pharmaceuticals
Object Things or people that necessarily undergo change if the action takes place Terminally ill patients
Purpose The event or state of affairs aimed at that is the main requirement for success of the action Treatment of intolerable symptoms
Intended path of action Event or state of affairs aimed at to achieve the purpose Reduction of consciousness
Unintended consequence Event or state of affairs which is not intended No intention to end the patient’s life
Moral property Qualifying expressions indicating positive or negative ethical evaluation Ethically acceptable to the family