Autonomy and Futility
Bruening, William H.
HEC (HealthCare Ethics Committee) Forum. 1992; 4(5): 305-313.
One of the underlying ethical values of the Patient Self-Determination Act (PSDA) is the legal right of patients to decide on their own medical care, i.e., to accept or refuse medical treatment. Yet, there is a growing concern that a patient's legal right to determine medical treatment might result in health care professionals violating their own personal and/or professional ethical values. I shall therefore briefly review the requirements of the PSDA and outline the consequences of this Act for a particular case. The application of the Act becomes problematic in this case because the health care professionals involved believe that the treatments involved are medically futile. I consider the potential conflict between
Allowing to Die; Autonomy; Case Studies; Conscience; Consensus; Contracts; Covenant; Consent; Decision Making; Economics; Extraordinary Treatment; Family Members; Futility; Health; Health Care; Justice; Legal Rights; Life; Patients; Physician Patient Relationship; Physicians; Review; Rights; Risks and Benefits; Third Party Consent; Treatment Refusal; Values;
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