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Deciding to Forego Life-Sustaining Treatment (1983) Excerpted

  • President’s Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research
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Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 48)

Abstract

Building on a central conclusion of its report on informed consent [1] — that decisions about health care ultimately rest with competent patients — the Commission in this Report examines the situations in which a patient’s choice to forego life-sustaining therapy may be limited on moral or legal grounds. In addition to providing clarification of the issues, the Report suggests appropriate procedures for decisions regarding both competent and incompetent patients and scrutinizes the role of various public and private bodies in shaping and regulating the process.

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Health Care Professional Down Syndrome Advance Directive Judicial Review Health Care Institution 
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Bibliography

  1. 1.
    President’s Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research: 1982, Making Health Care Decisions, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    President’s Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research: 1983, Securing Access to Heath Care, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C.Google Scholar

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