alexa Should patient consent be required to write a do not resuscitate order?
Clinical Research

Clinical Research

Journal of Clinical Research & Bioethics

Author(s): Biegler P

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Consent ought to be required to withhold treatment that is in a patient's best interests to receive. Do not resuscitate (DNR) orders are examples of best interests assessments at the end of life. Such assessments represent value judgments that cannot be validly ascertained without patient input. If patient input results in that patient dissenting to the DNR order then individual physicians are not justified in overriding such dissent. To do so would give unjustifiable primacy to the values of the individual physician. Therefore patient consent is effectively required to write a DNR order. Patient dissent to a DNR order should trigger a fair process mechanism to resolve the dispute.

This article was published in J Med Ethics and referenced in Journal of Clinical Research & Bioethics

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