Research Article| Volume 2, ISSUE 1, P41-51, January 1986

Patient Autonomy, Informed Consent, and the Reality of Critical Care

  • Stuart J. Youngner
    Corresponding author: Hanna Pavilion, 2040 Abington Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44106
    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio
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      The realities of serious illness and critical care environments often complicate our efforts to evaluate treatment refusal according to the doctrine of informed consent. However, health professionals must strive to use informed consent as the ultimate standard for both treatment and nontreatment decisions, by making continual efforts to communicate with patients, share information, and enhance their sense of autonomy and control.
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