Persistent Vegetative State and the Decision to Withdraw or Withhold Life Support
JAMA. 1990 Jan 19; 263(3): 426-430.
The clinical criteria for diagnosing the persistent vegetative state (PVS), i.e., permanent unconsciousness, are reviewed, and the reliability of diagnosis and remote possibility of recovery from this condition are evaluated. Legal trends relating to the role of physicians in deciding whether to refrain from providing ventilator or nutritional support in cases of PVS are discussed. Appended to the article are Sections 2.20 and 2.21, concerning withholding or withdrawing life-prolonging medical treatment, from the
Advance Directives; Allowing to Die; Artificial Feeding; Consent; Decision Making; Diagnosis; Ethics; Evaluation; Family Members; Government; Legal Aspects; Life; Medical Ethics; Organizational Policies; Organizations; Pain; Persistent Vegetative State; Physicians; Prognosis; Prolongation of Life; PVS; Review; Right to Die; Standards; State Government; Terminally Ill; Third Party Consent; Trends; Unconsciousness; Withholding Treatment;
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