Palliative Care Ethics

Dr. Henk ten Have

The debate on end-of-life care continues to be an important area of research in bioethics. This project is specifically focusing on palliative care and hospice care, and related ethical issues. In most countries, palliative care is rather underdeveloped. From an ethical perspective, it is important to argue for further development and application of palliative care in order to enhance the quality of care at the end of human life.


Henk ten Have: Palliative care. In: Hugh LaFollette (ed.): The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. Blackwell Publishing: Oxford, UK, 2013: 3782-3789 (Wiley Online Library DOI: 10.1002/9781444367072.wbiee113). See:

Henk ten Have and Jos Welie: Palliative sedation versus euthanasia: An ethical assessment. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 2014; 47(1): 123-136.

Jos VM Welie and Henk AMJ ten Have: The ethics of life-sustaining treatment: theoretical considerations and clinical decision making. Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine 2014; 9:14; doi: 10.1186/2049-6958-9-14. See:

Henk ten Have and Bert Gordijn: The significance of relatedness in health care. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 2014; 17(2): 169-170.

Henk ten Have and Jos Welie: Een ethische evaluatie van palliatieve sedatie [in Dutch]. Christen Democratische Verkenningen 2014; 34: 144- 152.


Henk ten Have: "Cultural views of death and dying". Invited presentation at conference ‘Giving voice'. Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, 22 October 2012.

Henk ten Have: "The importance of humility". Invited presentation in Symposium in honor of Dr Edmund D. Pellegrino "Facts of illness/acts of profession. Edmund Pellegrino and the Ethics of Health Care. Georgetown University, Washington DC, March 2013.

Henk ten Have: "Palliative sedation and ethics." Conference on Palliative Care Ethics. Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, May 17, 2013.