Ethics consultants' recommendations for life-prolonging treatment of patients in a persistent vegetative state.
Objective.-Surprisingly little is known about the content of ethics consultants recommendations.
We chose to study this issue using hypothetical persistent vegetative state (PVS) cases.
We addressed four questions: What recommendations do ethics consultants give regarding life-prolonging treatment (LPT) in PVS cases?
To what degree is there consensus?
What factors influence recommendations?
Do recommendations conform to established guidelines?
Our questionnaire asked subjects what they would recommend for seven hypothetical vignettes involving a PVS patient that varied with respect to advance directives and family wishes.
We also questioned subjects about demographic characteristics, ethics consultation experience, and personal preference for LPT in PVS.
Mots-clés Pascal : Traitement, Homme, Ethique, Etat végétatif, Persistance, Vie physiologique, Prolongé
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Treatment, Human, Ethics, Vegetative state, Persistence, Life (physiology), Prolonged
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 94-0130115
Code Inist : 002B30A09. Création : 199406.