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The Hastings Center Guidelines for Decisions on Life-Sustaining Treatment and Care Near the End of LifeRevised and Expanded Second Edition$
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Nancy Berlinger, Bruce Jennings, and Susan M. Wolf

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199974566

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199974566.001.0001

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Guidelines for the Decision-Making Process

Guidelines for the Decision-Making Process

(p.43) Section 2 Guidelines for the Decision-Making Process
The Hastings Center Guidelines for Decisions on Life-Sustaining Treatment and Care Near the End of Life

Nancy Berlinger

Bruce Jennings

Susan M. Wolf

Oxford University Press

This section describes a decision-making process that is grounded in the goals described in Part One. All of these goals are relevant to any treatment decision presented to patients (or their surrogates) who are facing decisions about life-sustaining treatment and patients who are near the end of life. The decision-making process includes evaluating the patient; determining decision-making capacity; identifying the key decision maker; and surrogate decision-making; making the decision at hand; documenting the decision; implementing the decision; changing treatment decisions; and conflicts and challenges related to treatment decision-making.

Keywords:   end-of-life care, patient care, ethics guidelines, treatment decision-making, life-sustaining treatment

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