Rights, Respect for Dignity and End-of-Life Care: Time for a Change in the Concept of Informed Consent
Journal of Medical Ethics 2010 January; 36(1): 61-2
The current concepts of autonomy, surrogate autonomy and informed consent often lead to futile and expensive care at the ends of life. They may impinge on the dignity of the patient as well as subject society to unwarranted expense. In order to provide affordable healthcare for all, these concepts are in need of modification.
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