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A patient is dying at home and changes his mind and wants “everything done” including life-prolonging treatment.  The healthcare worker hears him but does not convey the message to the family or physician.  What are the ethical implications?  What are the potential legal problems that can arise?

Chapter 11:  Death and Dying Issues
Nguyen, J.  (2019). Legal and ethical issues for health professions (4th ed.). Elsevier.

Rao, K. S. (2008). Informed consent: An ethical obligation or legal compulsion? Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery, 1(1), 33. doi:10.4103/0974-2077.41159

Clinical challenges to end of life care:

ANA Position Statement-The Nurses Role When a Patient Requests Medical Aid in Dying.

Recommended readings

Cook, D., & Rocker, G. (2015). Dying With Dignity in the Intensive Care Unit. Survey of Anesthesiology, 59(1), 13-14. doi:10.1097/

Woo, J. A., Maytal, G., & Stern, T. A. (2006). Clinical Challenges to the Delivery of End-of-Life Care. Primary Care Companion to The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 8(6), 367372.

Ethics Topics and Articles. (n.d.). Retrieved August 22, 2017, from

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