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Can we improve Treatment Decision-Making for incapacitated Patients?


Rid (Schulz-Baldes), A; Wendler, D (2010). Can we improve Treatment Decision-Making for incapacitated Patients? Hastings Center Report, 40(5):36-45.

Abstract

When patients cannot make their own treatment decisions, surrogates typically step in to do it for them. Surrogate decision-making is far from ideal, of course, as the surrogate may not know what the patient prefers or what best promotes her interests. One way to improve it would be to arm surrogates with information about what patients in similar circumstances tend to prefer, allowing them to make empirically grounded predictions about what their patient would want.

Abstract

When patients cannot make their own treatment decisions, surrogates typically step in to do it for them. Surrogate decision-making is far from ideal, of course, as the surrogate may not know what the patient prefers or what best promotes her interests. One way to improve it would be to arm surrogates with information about what patients in similar circumstances tend to prefer, allowing them to make empirically grounded predictions about what their patient would want.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology > Center for Ethics
04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:170 Ethics
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:September 2010
Deposited On:19 Nov 2010 17:10
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:16
Publisher:Hastings Center
ISSN:0093-0334
Official URL:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/hastings_center_report/v040/40.5.rid.pdf

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