The Elderly: Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare Policy (International Library of Medicine, Ethics and Law) (Hardcover)27th April 2009
Aging is a public health priority that is becoming increasingly important in both developed and less developed nations, with individual health care providers and law-makers each facing difficult ethical and policy dilemmas.
The complex issues physicians deal with include informed consent and patient decision-making capacity, use of advance care planning and decision-making by family and medical staff, and withdrawing and withholding life-sustaining interventions. The broader questions include:
- has aging been over medicalized?
- Is it ethical for older patients to receive less medical care than younger ones, through unspoken practice or formal rationing?
- Is there inevitable conflict between the generations over scarce medical resources?
- How should physician, patient and family confront end-of-life decisions?
- How have different nations responded to increasing numbers of the elderly?
- Have social values changed as to family responsibility and individual autonomy?
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Article Id: 11163
Date Added: 27th Apr 2009