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Choice and best interests: clinical decision-making in end of life care

Fiona Randall and R. S. Downie

in End of Life Choices

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780199547333
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730405 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547333.003.0002
Choice and best interests: clinical decision-making in end of life care

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This chapter focuses on the stages in clinical decision-making in end of life care. In end of life care, outcomes are multifactorial and unpredictable and health care professionals are accountable for the outcome only to the extent that their decision did influence the outcome. Treatment cannot be imposed on the patient with capacity who refuses it, nor can health care professionals be forced to give treatment which they conscientiously judge is contrary to the patient's best interests.

Keywords: accountability; health care professionals; treatment; rights; medical care

Chapter.  11453 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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