“Please keep mom alive one more day” - Clashing directives of a dying patient and her surrogate Journal Article


Authors: Latcha, S.; Lineberry, C.; Lendvai, N.; Tran, C. A.; Matsoukas, K.; Scharf, A. E.; Voigt, L. P.
Article Title: “Please keep mom alive one more day” - Clashing directives of a dying patient and her surrogate
Abstract: All medical care providers are legally and ethically bound to respect their patients' wishes. However, as patients lose decision-making capacity and approach end of life, their families or surrogates, who are confronted with grief, fear, self-doubt, and/or uncertainty, may ask physicians to provide treatment that contradicts the patients' previously stated wishes. Our work discusses the legal and ethical issues surrounding such requests and provides guidance for clinicians to ethically and compassionately respond—without compromising their professional and moral obligations to their patients. © 2020 American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Keywords: multiple myeloma; hemodialysis; ethics; end-stage renal disease; moral distress; surrogate decision maker
Journal Title: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Volume: 59
Issue: 5
ISSN: 0885-3924
Publisher: Elsevier Inc.  
Date Published: 2020-05-01
Start Page: 1147
End Page: 1152
Language: English
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2020.01.014
PUBMED: 32014529
PROVIDER: scopus
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Notes: Article -- Export Date: 1 May 2020 -- Source: Scopus
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  1. Louis Pierre-Paul Voigt
    54 Voigt
  2. Sheron Latcha
    18 Latcha
  3. Nikoletta Lendvai
    97 Lendvai
  4. Christine Ann Tran
    4 Tran
  5. Amy Engel Scharf
    1 Scharf