Conflicts between Patients' Wishes to Forgo Treatment and the Policies of Health Care Facilities

Steven H Miles, Peter A. Singer, Mark Siegler

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Abstract

The right of patients to forgo life-sustaining treatment has been well established in health law and medical ethics. But do patients also have a right to compel health care facilities or their staffs to participate in carrying out such a decision? What happens when an institution has enunciated a treatment philosophy that is incompatible with a patient's or family's request to discontinue life support? If institutions and their staffs refuse to execute a patient's request, how can that patient's right to forgo life-sustaining treatment be effectuated? In recent cases involving decisions to forgo artificial feeding, courts have held that the….

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-50
Number of pages3
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Volume321
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 6 1989

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Conflicts between Patients' Wishes to Forgo Treatment and the Policies of Health Care Facilities. / Miles, Steven H; Singer, Peter A.; Siegler, Mark.

In: New England Journal of Medicine, Vol. 321, No. 1, 06.07.1989, p. 48-50.

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Miles, Steven H ; Singer, Peter A. ; Siegler, Mark. / Conflicts between Patients' Wishes to Forgo Treatment and the Policies of Health Care Facilities. In: New England Journal of Medicine. 1989 ; Vol. 321, No. 1. pp. 48-50.
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