Impact of the Cruzan Case on Medical Practice
Pawlson, L. Gregory
Law, Medicine and Health Care. 1991 Spring-Summer; 19(1-2): 69-72.
...In this paper we will limit our focus to how the decision in Cruzan is likely to affect the doctor-patient relationship, especially in the critical activities surrounding decision-making about the use of life sustaining treatments....Health care providers must become aware of the limits placed on our traditional decision-making by the statutes and court decisions applicable in a particular state. Individual providers and medicine, nursing and other health care organizations must become more active in cooperation with patient and legal interest groups, in working with state legislatures and courts to insure that states do not create legal barriers to good medical decision-making....
Advance Directives; Allowing to Die; Autonomy; Beneficence; Communication; Competence; Consent; Decision Making; Family Members; Government; Health; Health Care; Legal Aspects; Life; Medicine; Organizations; Patient Participation; Physicians; Prognosis; Prolongation of Life; Quality of Life; Regulation; Risks and Benefits; Social Impact; State Government; State Interest; Statutes; Treatment Refusal; Value of Life; Values;
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