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BETANCOURT BETANCOURT, Gilberto de Jesús. Limits of the therapeutic effort and bioethical principles in decision making. Rev Hum Med [online]. 2014, vol.14, n.2, pp.407-422. ISSN 1727-8120.

A study of basic or traditional principles of bioethics and its influence in the practice of the limits of the therapeutic effort in the intensive care units, as a requirement that favors its application in terminal ill patients was carried out. The need of having bioethics principles that match Latin-American reality and each sociocultural context, not imported ones from other countries, was stated. This paper main objective is to highlight the importance of these basic principles in ethic-clinic discussion for decision-making, taking as the starting point a bioethics that corresponds to the reality of the dominant system.

Keywords : bioethics; making decision; intensive care units.

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