Foregoing Life-Sustaining Treatment for Adult, Developmentally Disabled, Public Wards: A Proposed Statute
McKnight, Deborah K.
American Journal of Law and Medicine. 1992; 18(3): 203-232.
This Article proposes a procedure for making decisions to forego life-sustaining treatment for adult, developmentally disabled, public wards who are not competent to make health care decisions. Few commentators or cases address the special considerations involved in making life-sustaining treatment decisions for this patient population. The proposal attempts to fill this gap with a patient-centered process that allows decisionmakers, without prior judicial approval, to forego life-sustaining treatment for adult, developmentally disabled, public wards who have been reliably diagnosed with specific medical conditions.
Adults; Allowing to Die; Clinical Ethics; Clinical Ethics Committees; Competence; Consensus; Consent; Decision Making; Ethics; Ethics Committees; Family Members; Government; Guardians; Health; Health Care; Informed Consent; Judicial Action; Legal Aspects; Legal Guardians; Legal Rights; Legislation; Life; Pain; Patient Advocacy; Patients; Persistent Vegetative State; Physicians; Prognosis; Prolongation of Life; Quality of Life; Rights; Standards; State Government; State Interest; Suffering; Terminally Ill; Third Party Consent; Treatment Refusal;
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