Advance Directives And The Pursuit Of Death With Dignity / Edition 1

Advance Directives And The Pursuit Of Death With Dignity / Edition 1

by Norman L. Cantor
     
 

An advance medical directive is a device aimed at controlling medical intervention during the dying process after a patient is no longer competent. Because of its ambiguous legal status and the ambivalence of medical personnel, it is still uncertain whether the advance directive will be a successful tool in the individual's struggle to retain a modicum of dignity

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Overview

An advance medical directive is a device aimed at controlling medical intervention during the dying process after a patient is no longer competent. Because of its ambiguous legal status and the ambivalence of medical personnel, it is still uncertain whether the advance directive will be a successful tool in the individual's struggle to retain a modicum of dignity in the face of modern life-prolonging technology. After examining the issues surrounding future-oriented medical decision making, Cantor outlines the legal foundation and framework governing advance directives and considers how such documents should be drafted in light of that legal framework. He suggests guidelines for implementing advance medical directives, anticipating the major problems likely to confront administrators of such directives, and discusses possible channels for enforcement of directives when health-care providers balk at implementation. Finally, he considers the moral foundation and the moral limits of future-oriented autonomy. This book will be an important resource for any person involved in the design or application of an advance medical directive - physicians, nurses, hospital social workers, administrators of health-care institutions, lawyers, clergy, and lay people seriously concerned about exercising control over the dying process in today's high-tech medical environment.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253313041
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
10/01/1993
Series:
Medical Ethics Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.93(d)

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION: ON RESTRAINING LIFE-PRESERVING MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY

1. The Bounds of Autonomy for Competent Medical Patients
2. Advance Directives and Problems of Prospective Autonomy
3. Choosing the Best Format in Light of the Statutory Framework for Advance Directives
4. Drafting Advance Instructions
5. Interpretation and Administration of Advance Directives
6. The Moral Boundaries of Shaping Post-Competence Medical Care
7. Enforcing Advance Directives
8. New Jersey’s Model Legislation

Appendix A: Advance Directive for Health Care
Appendix B: Form Health-Care Power of Attorney
Appendix C: The New Jersey Bioethics Commission’s Combined Advance Directive for Health Care (Combined Proxy and Instruction Directive)
Appendix D: A Values Profile

Notes
Index

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