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Patient autonomy, informed consent, and the reality of critical care.

Authors
  • Youngner, S J
Type
Published Article
Journal
Critical care clinics
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1986
Volume
2
Issue
1
Pages
41–51
Identifiers
PMID: 3331308
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
Unknown

Abstract

The realities of serious illness and critical care environments often complicate our efforts to evaluate treatment refusal according to the doctrine of informed consent. However, health professionals must strive to use informed consent as the ultimate standard for both treatment and nontreatment decisions, by making continual efforts to communicate with patients, share information, and enhance their sense of autonomy and control.

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