Advance Healthcare Directives: Friend or Foe?

Lorna M. Murphy
Objectives - This thesis proposes the question, Advance Healthcare Directives – Friend or Foe? Is it a good thing or a bad thing to have an advance healthcare directive? Ethical and legal considerations - I introduce the concept of an advance healthcare directive and why they developed. They started in the US where they are called ‘living wills’. They aim to promote patient autonomy and self determination in advance of the loss of capacity. Ethical...
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