Religious Advance Directives: The Convergence of Law, Religion, Medicine, and Public Health
Grodin, Michael A.
American Journal of Public Health. 1993 Jun; 83(6): 899-903.
Because of the deep interpersonal significance of decisions made at the end of life, it is not surprising that religion has played an important role in patient and family decision making. Specific religious concerns about death and dying have led to religious advance directives. Advance directives offer a case study of models of interaction between religious communities and secular institutions. This paper examines why such directives have been created and how they may affect health care decisions. An analysis of their strengths and weaknesses concludes that specific religious instructions are unnecessary in written directives and may undermine both the religious and health care goals of patients.
Advance Directives; Allowing to Die; Autonomy; Death; Decision Making; Dissent; Ethics; Evaluation; Extraordinary Treatment; Family Members; Goals; Health; Health Care; Jewish Ethics; Law; Legal Aspects; Life; Living Wills; Medicine; Patients; Prolongation of Life; Public Health; Public Policy; Religion; Religious Ethics; Right to Die; Values; Withholding Treatment; Wills;
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