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Doctors' knowledge of the law on withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining medical treatment.

Authors
  • White, Ben
  • Willmott, Lindy
  • Cartwright, Colleen
  • Parker, Malcolm H
  • Williams, Gail
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Medical Journal of Australia
Publisher
Australasian Medical Publishing Co. Pty. Ltd.
Publication Date
Aug 18, 2014
Volume
201
Issue
4
Pages
229–232
Identifiers
PMID: 25164852
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Among doctors who practise in the end-of-life field, there are some significant knowledge gaps about the law on withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment from adults who lack decision-making capacity. Significant consequences for both patients and doctors can flow from a failure to comply with the law. Steps should be taken to improve doctors' legal knowledge in this area and to harmonise the law across Australia.

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