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Facebook Can Improve Surrogate Decision Making


Thaddeus Mason Pope


Hamline University - School of Law

2012

American Journal of Bioethics, Vol. 12, No. 10, p. 43-45, (2012)

Abstract:     
A significant body of empirical literature powerfully demonstrates that surrogates frequently fail to accurately and faithfully make the same treatment decisions that the patient would have made for herself, if she still had capacity (Pope, 2010). This inaccuracy is sometimes due to emotional and psychological barriers. But is also often due to the surrogate’s ignorance of the patient’s preferences. This article summarizes the challenges of using social media as well as the three opportunities it presents including (1) identify the right surrogate, (2) preventing the patient from becoming unbefriended, and (3) encouraging advance care planning.

Keywords: Surrogate, social media, technology, healthcare, death, dying, unbefriended, advance care planning, advance directive, Facebook, prospective autonomy, power of attorney, nursing homes, incapacitated

JEL Classification: K32, I1

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Date posted: September 7, 2012  

Suggested Citation

Pope, Thaddeus Mason, Facebook Can Improve Surrogate Decision Making (2012). American Journal of Bioethics, Vol. 12, No. 10, p. 43-45, (2012). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2142188

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Thaddeus Mason Pope (Contact Author)
Hamline University - School of Law ( email )
1536 Hewitt Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104-1237
United States
651-523-2519 (Phone)
901-202-7549 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: www.thaddeuspope.com
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