Limit of patient autonomy : physician attitudes and practices regarding life-sustaining treatments and euthanasia.
In making decisions about life-sustaining medical interventions, respect for patient autonomy has been widely advocated, yet little is known about what variables may compete with a physician's ability to honor patient requests in clinical situations.
We investigated physician attitudes and behaviors about end-of-life decisions by means of a questionnaire that posed five hypothetical scenarios in which an elderly, competent, terminally ill patient made a request that, if agreed to by the physician, could result in the patient's death.
We surveyed 392 physicians in Rhode Island and asked them to decide (1) whether or not they would comply with a specific patient request, (2) the justifications they used in making their decision, and (3) whether they had been approached wsith such a request in their clinical practices.
Mots-clés Pascal : Homme, Exploration, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Questionnaire, Euthanasie, Médecin généraliste
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Human, Exploration, United States, North America, America, Questionnaire, Euthanasia, General practitioner
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 93-0385091
Code Inist : 002B30A09. Création : 199406.