The Patient's Right to Refuse
Paragraphs 2-1 through 2-17
Upon completion of this lesson, you should be able to
identity (by selecting from alternatives):
The legal and ethical bases for the right to
Situations in which competent adults may refuse
Situations in which refusal of treatment is
possible, on behalf of incompetent adults and
Situations in which the subjective (substituted
judgment) standard is applicable.
Situations in which the objective best interests
standard is applicable.
Refusal in an emergency.
Limitations on the patient's right to refuse.
The role of a living will, an oral directive, and a
Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
State interests that may override the patient's
right to refuse.
After completing the assignment, complete the
exercises at the end of this lesson. These exercises
will help you to achieve the lesson objectives.