Case and Commentary
Jan 2005

Respecting Patients' End-of-Life Decisions Option Comparison

Karine Morin, LLM
Virtual Mentor. 2005;7(1):87-95. doi: 10.1001/virtualmentor.2005.7.1.ccas15b-0501.


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

Additional discussion and information


Virtual Mentor. 2005;7(1):87-95.



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