Autonomy in adolescent medicine. A framework for decisions about life-sustaining treatment

John D. Lantos, Steven H. Miles

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Abstract

A broad consensus has been reached in the last decade about the appropriateness of decisions to withhold life-sustaining treatment from competent adult patients. The situation in adolescent medicine is not so straightforward. Legal ambiguity in determining competence and clinical difficulty in assessing decision-making capacity make such decisions in adolescent medicine problematic. A framework for making decisions about withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining therapy from adolescent patients is proposed, and cases are given to illustrate the way the framework may be applied.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)460-466
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health Care
Volume10
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1989

Keywords

  • Ethics Adolescent Autonomy Life-sustaining treatment Informed consent Competence Death Dying Law Decision-making capacity

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