End of Life

Over the years, the Asian Bioethics Review (ABR) has discussed various bioethical aspects of human reproduction. We have collected a number of these articles on this webpage, which currently lists our articles published in Volumes 8, and 12 to 14 (2016 & 2020-2022). We will keep this page up-to-date with our most recent publications, as well as gradually add our older articles on this topic.

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  • Our articles since 2018 are also accessible via PubMed Central (PMC), where they become Free Access after 12 months.

The copyright of Free2Read and Free Access articles from 2017 is shared by Springer Nature and the National University of Singapore. The copyright of Free Access articles until 2016 is shared by the National University of Singapore and the respective authors. The copyright of Open Access articles remains with the respective authors.

Editorial – Free Access
Introduction by the Guest Editors
Bonnie Steinbock, and Paul T. Menzel
September 2016 – 8(3): – doi:

Original Article – Free Access
Advance Care Planning: What Gives Prior Wishes Normative Force?
Nancy S. Jecker
September 2016 – 8(3): – doi:

Original Article – Free Access
Reflections on the Development of Advance Directives in Hong Kong
Chun-Yan Tse
September 2016 – 8(3): 211-223 – doi: 10.1353/asb.2016.0018

Original Article – Free Access
What We Owe Terminally Ill Patients: The Option of Physician-Assisted Suicide
Hon-Lam Li
September 2016 – 8(3): – doi:

Original Article – Free Access
On Rationally Valuing One’s Life
Derek Baker
September 2016 – 8(3): – doi:

Case Commentary – Free Access
Caring for Terminally Ill Patients: Existential and Spiritual Concerns
Shekhar Madhukar Kumta
September 2016 – 8(3): – doi:

Orignial Article – Free Access via PMC
Life after death – the dead shall teach the living’ – a qualitative study on the motivations and expectations of body donors, their families and religious scholars in the South Indian city of Bangalore
Aiswarya Sasi, Radhika Hegde, Stephen Dayal, and Manjulika Vaz
June 2020 – 12(2): 149-172 – doi: 10.1007/s41649-020-00117-3

Update – Free Access
The Role of Palliative Medicine in ICU Bed Allocation in COVID-19: a Joint Position Statement of the Singapore Hospice Council and the Chapter of Palliative Medicine Physicians
Lalit Kumar Radha Krishna, Han Yee Neo, Elisha Wan Ying Chia, Kuang Teck Tay, Noreen Chan, Patricia Soek Hui Neo, Cynthia Goh, Tan Ying Peh, Min Chiam, and James Alvin Yiew Hock Low
June 2020 – 12(2): 205-211 – doi: 10.1007/s41649-020-00128-0

Original Article – Free Access via PMC
Post-Mortem Reproduction from the Vietnamese Perspective – An Analysis and Comments
Hai Thanh Doan, Diep Thi Phuong Doan, and Nguyen Kim The Duong
September 2020 – 12(3): 257-288 – doi: 10.1007/s41649-020-00137-z

Original Article – Open Access
When do Physicians and Nurses Start Communication about Advance Care Planning? A Qualitative Study at an Acute Care Hospital in Japan
Mari Tsuruwaka, Yoshiko Ikeguchi, and Megumi Nakamura
September 2020 – 12(3): 289-305 – doi: 10.1007/s41649-020-00135-1

Original Article – Open Access
Relational Autonomy, the Right to Reject Treatment, and Advance Directive in Japan
Anri Asagumo
January 2022 – 14(1): 57-69 – doi: 10.1007/s41649-021-00191-1

Original Article – Open Access
Extending the Ring Theory of Personhood: Impact of Caring for Dying Patients in Intensive Care Unit
Natalie Pei Xin Chan, Jeng Long Chia, Chong Yao Ho, Lisa Xin Ling Ngiam, Joshua Tze Yin Kuek, Nur Haidah Binte Ahmad Kamal, Ahmad Bin Hanifah Marican Abdurrahman, Yun Ting Ong, Min Chiam, Alexia Sze Inn Lee, Annelissa Mien Chew Chin, Stephen Mason & Lalit Kumar Radha Krishna
January 2022 – 14(1): 71-86 – doi: 10.1007/s41649-021-00192-0

Perspective Article – Free2Read
Exploring the Ethical Dilemmas in End of Life Care and the Concept of a Good Death in Bhutan
Thinley Dorji, Nidup Dorji, Kinley Yangdon, Dorji Gyeltshen, and Langa Tenzin
2022 – doi: 10.1007/s41649-021-00199-7
Free Access after 12 months via PMC