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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 Elderly

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?
This volume brings together the most significant published essays in the field.

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