Making Decisions About Life-Sustaining Medical Treatment in Patients With Dementia: The Problem of Patient Decision-Making Capacity
Derse, Arthur R.
Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics. 1999 Jan; 20(1): 55-67.
The problem of decision-making capacity in patients with dementia, such as those with early stage Alzheimer's, can be vexing, especially when these patients refuse life-sustaining medical treatments. However, these patients should not be presumed to lack decision-making capacity. Instead, an analysis of the patient's decision-making capacity should be made. Patients who have some degree of decision-making capacity may be able to make a choice about life-sustaining medical treatment and may, in many cases, choose to forgo treatment.
Aged; Allowing to Die; Assisted Suicide; Autonomy; Beneficence; Case Studies; Compensation; Comprehension; Consent; Decision Making; Dementia; Diagnosis; Disclosure; Emergency Care; Heart Diseases; Human Experimentation; Informed Consent; Life; Patient Care; Patient Participation; Patients; Prolongation of Life; Recall; Resuscitation; Standards; Suicide; Surgery; Third Party Consent; Treatment Refusal; Truth Disclosure; Withholding Treatment;
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