Quality of Life and Treatment Decisions: The Canadian Law Reform Report
Curran, William J.
New England Journal of Medicine. 1984 Feb 2; 310(5): 297-298.
The latest report of the Law Reform Commission of Canada offers recommendations concerning euthanasia, suicide, and cessation of medical treatment. The report calls for the first two actions to remain covered by the criminal code, but recognizes the right of competent patients to refuse life-saving treatment, with physicians to be held legally liable for unauthorized treatment. It says that decisions to discontinue treatment for incompetent patients should be based on the same considerations of therapeutic benefit and quality of life as for competent patients. The commission rejected judicial and family/guardian mechanisms for substituted consent and recommended placing primary decision making responsibility on the physician after consultation with medical colleagues and the patient's family. (KIE abstract)
Advisory Committees; Allowing to Die; Clinical Ethics; Clinical Ethics Committees; Competence; Consent; Consultation; Decision Making; Ethics; Ethics Committees; Euthanasia; Family Members; Informed Consent; Judicial Action; Law; Legal Aspects; Legal Liability; Life; Liability; Patients; Physicians; Public Policy; Quality of Life; Right to Die; Suicide; Third Party Consent; Treatment Refusal; Withholding Treatment;
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Curran, William J. (1984-02-02)
Deciding to Forego Life Sustaining Treatment: A Report on the Ethical, Medical, and Legal Issues in Treatment Decisions. March 1983. 571 P Unknown author (United States. President's Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research, 1986)
Deciding to Forego Life-Sustaining Treatment: A Report on the Ethical, Medical, and Legal Issues in Treatment Decisions Unknown author (United States. President's Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research, 1983)