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Decision-Making without Planning

Amy Ziettlow and Naomi Cahn

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Published in print May 2017 | ISBN: 9780190261092
Published online April 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780190666590 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190261092.003.0006
Decision-Making without Planning

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Chapter 5 explores the surrogate decision-making experience in the absence of advance directives. It explains the legal and pragmatic default rules for appointing a decision-maker and the guiding principles for that decision-maker, such as substitutive judgment or best interests. Finally, it explores how decisions were actually made, and what role family structure played to complicate or simplify the experience, especially in the decision to “pull the plug.”

Keywords: surrogate decision-making; end of life care; ICU; pull the plug; euthanasia; assisted suicide; religion; faith; prayer

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Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing ; Marriage and the Family

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