Are Advanced Directives Relative? The Ethics of Surrogate Decision MakingRamy Sedhom*
Department of Internal Medicine, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Ramy Sedhom
Department of Internal Medicine, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
New Brunswick, NJ, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: December 06, 2016; Accepted date: December 21, 2016; Published date: December 28, 2016
Citation: Sedhom R (2016) Are Advanced Directives Relative? The Ethics of Surrogate Decision Making. J Clin Res Bioeth 7:294. doi: 10.4172/2155-9627.1000294
Copyright: © 2016 Sedhom R. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
An important aspect of medical ethics is the right to decline medical treatment. A problem is how to honor the wishes of patients who lose their voice and can no longer accept or refuse medical treatment. Although advanced directives are attempts to protect autonomy, decisions are not immutable and may be negotiated by family, loved ones, and other surrogate decision makers. Describes is a case that underscores the importance of advanced care planning, the complexity of decision making, and area for potential improvement.