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Table 3 The ethical template used for ethical case analysis

From: “Teach for ethics in palliative care”: a mixed-method evaluation of a medical ethics training programme

1. Collecting data and defining the terms used
 medical aspects (current standard, diagnostic and treatment options, benefits and risks), psychological, relational
2. Definition of the ethical principles at stake and of the various responsibilities
 actors involved in addition to the patient, legal figures, degree of autonomy of the patient and of the persons involved, informed consent and recognition of national and international legal standards
3. Clarification of conflict of interests and identification of the ethical problems
 ethical problems
 conflicts between principles, team conflicts, conflicts between patient/family and care personnel
4. Evaluation of possible options
 Analyses of possible courses of action
5. Justification of choice
 Course of action and ethical principle
 Preferences for one course of action over another
 Resolution of conflict between values
 Principles and facts