Who?
Limits to Life-Sustaining Treatment


Who should make decisions about limits to treatment? Many folks would argue that the answer to this question settles the issue - "Decide who gets to decide, and then step back and leave the decision to them!"

We will see arguments in this chapter that matters are not so simple. Even after we sort the appropriate authority of the various interested parties, there may be questions remaining - at least in certain cases.

Among the possibilities are:
1. The patient
2. The family (presumably INCLUDING the patient)
3. Designated proxy or proxies (or surrogates)
4. Caregiver(s) and/or institution
5. Some wider community

6. Society

Created by Glenn C. Graber - last updated March 8, 2003
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