Virtual Mentor. January 2005, Volume 7, Number 1.
Case 5.3: Withdrawing or Withholding Treatment—Respecting Patients' End-of-Life Decisions
Without reason to suspect that her decision-making capacity is compromised, all courses of action that override or circumvent Mrs. Scott's decision (options B, C and D) should be avoided.
Because the autonomous choices of patients to refuse medical treatment should be respected, option A is preferable.
Preferable: Option A
Avoid: Options B, C, and D
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