Decisions to Abate Life-Sustaining Treatment for Nonautonomous Patients: Ethical Standards and Legal Liability for Physicians After
Weir, Robert F.
JAMA. 1990 Oct 10; 264(14): 1846-1853.
The lives of hopelessly ill patients often are prolonged because physicians are uncertain of the legal consequences of discontinuing life-sustaining treatment, particularly when a patient lacks decision making capacity. Physician uncertainty may increase in the light of the U.S. Supreme Court's
Advance Directives; Allowing to Die; Artificial Feeding; Autonomy; Competence; Consent; Decision Making; Family Members; Freedom; Government; Health; Judicial Action; Legal Aspects; Legal Liability; Legal Rights; Life; Liability; Patients; Persistent Vegetative State; Physicians; Privacy; Prolongation of Life; Review; Right to Die; Rights; Standards; State Government; State Interest; Third Party Consent; Treatment Refusal; Uncertainty; Ventilators;
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