Measuring Quality of Life

You should do a presentation about The End of Life, Measuring Quality of Life. You need to find an example about Palliative Care and End of Life Care, with the preferred practices below:

  • structures and processes of care;
  • physical aspects of care;
  • psychological and psychiatric aspects of care;
  • social aspects of care;
  • spiritual, religious, and existential aspects of care;
  • cultural aspects of care;
  • care of the imminently dying patient; and
  • ethical and legal aspects of care.

The Presentation needs to be supported with references.

The Presentation must have 1500 words.

The Presentation must have Introduction, main body and Coclusion.

4 – The End of Life

Here the subject of the ‘End of Life’ will be considered. This seminar may address any of the following issues:

  • Measuring Quality of Life

For each Seminar there is a briefing sheet – this has been devised to help guide your seminar and it gives you some suggested reading that may help guide your seminar. These are only guidance notes to supplement your own reading and research. If you wish to choose an area outside of the examples given, please discuss this with your tutor.

Seminar Subject Briefing Sheet:

4 – End of Life

This sheet has been designed to help provide you with some pointers on how you might approach the subject that you have selected. You are advised to go through the information as it gives an overview of the key topics that you may wish to select, providing you with some useful references for materials that you may wish to include in your seminar. There may be other areas you want to explore that are not on this sheet, as it is not exhaustive, but please do check these with your tutor beforehand.


Probably the ultimate subject concerned with medical ethics and law are the questions that surround end of life care. There are many conflicting ideas about what is in a person’s best interests in terms of death and what is not. How decisions are made about when to treat and when to withhold treatment are the subjects of constant debate, both within healthcare and in the wider interest of society. In this seminar you will be able to consider both legal and ethical obligations that surround end of life issues.

Possible Topics:

  • Measuring Quality of Life

4- End of Life – Suggested Reading

Brogden, M. (2001) Geronticide, Killing the Elderly. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

De Cruz, P. (2002) Medical Law in a Nutshell, London: Sweet & Maxwell.

Chapter Nine “End of Life – Euthanasia and assisted suicide”

Diamond, B. (2002) Legal Aspects of Nursing, 3rd Edition, London: Longman.

Other chapters describe relevant law, however Chapter 29:Legal Aspects of Death” may be of interest.

Draper, P. (1997) Nursing Perspectives on Quality of Life, London: Routledge. This whole text covers relevant reading.

Glover, J. (1990) Causing Death and Saving Lives, London: Penguin Books.

Chapter Three “The Sanctity of Life.” Chapter Five “Autonomy” Chapter Six “Ends and Means”Chapter Seven “Not Striving to Keep Alive.” Chapter 13 “Suicide and Gambling with life.” Chapter 14 “Voluntary Euthanasia” and Chapter 15 “Euthanasia without request” are all relevant.

Harris, J. (2003) The Value of Life; An introduction to Medical Ethics, London: Routledge. Chapter ThreeMust Doctors help their patients?” and Chapter Four “Killing a Caring Thing to do” Chapter 12 “Death is Abolished” make an interesting grounding on this subject.

Hendrick, J. (2000) Law and Ethics in Nursing and HealthCare, Cheltenham: Nelson Thorns. Chapter 9 “Death, Dying and the Incurable Patient” may be of interest to this subject.

Hope,T., Savulescu, J. and Hendrick, J. (2003) Medical Ethics & Law: The Core Curriculum. London: Churschill Livingstone. Chapter 12 “End of Life”

Kemp, N. (2002) Merciful Release, The History of the British Euthansia Movement. Manchester: Manchester University Press. The whole text is of relevance.

Mason, J., McCall Smith, R. and Laurie, G. (2002) Law and Medical Ethics, sixth edition, London: LexisNexis Butterworths.” Chapter 13: “The diagnosis of Death” Chapter 15: “The Body of a Property” Chapter 16: “Medical Futility” Chapter 17 “Medical Futility and Later Life” Chapter 18: “Euthanasia” will be useful.

Montgomery J. (2003) Health Care Law, 2nd Edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Chapter 20: “Terminal Care and Euthanasia”

Useful Websites:

Type topic area into search engine on Department of Health Website:

Equality and Human Rights Web page :

Type topic area into search engine on Nursing and Midwifery Website:

Because of the fast moving pace of this subject you are also advised to use reliable online sources to inform your discussions for the seminar.

In addition to this suggested reading the sources listed here are encouraged you to locate your own sources that are of sound academic quality and relevance to your seminar.

Seminar Preparation and Checklist

See formative preparation schedule below for your seminar presentations. This is set up and will be carried out in your assigned groups.


You are to come on specified dates, with your group research on your chosen research topic for group discussion, as stated within the seminar calendar below.

After group discussion, you will be provided with guided, formative feedback and/or suggestions on further research and re-development in preparation for the following week’s discussion.

I will update each section of the seminar schedule on a weekly basis, based on outcomes of each week’s formative discussion. This will be sent out to all group members so that you are able to keep track of your progression in preparing for the seminar presentation.



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