Oscar, Cañete S.
December 2012
Revista Chilena de Tecnología Médica;2012, Vol. 32 Issue 2, p1725
Academic Journal
The World Health Organization has observed in recent decades a growing phenomenon worldwide, the number of people aged 60 and over reached 1200 million in 2025. Increased life expectancy resulting in new social settings, political and generate initiatives that is based on ethical reflection. Ethical problems can occur at any time when the elderly or their families they encounter a conflict that undermines the dignity or respect for anyone, including themselves. These could range from forcing the elderly remain isolated, to experience new drugs with him, abandoning or neglecting their care, to mistreat, to exclude them from some health care services for utilitarian reasons, or abuse their state of mental incapacity. In recent decades the elderly population has been increasing in our country which creates the need not only to provide health care services, adequate and efficient for them, but also evaluate factors not previously considered such as the ability to autonomy in relation to their actions and decisions.


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