Deciding to Forego Life-Sustaining Treatment (1983) Excerpted
Building on a central conclusion of its report on informed consent  — 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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