Legal Briefing: The New Patient Self-Determination Act

Thaddeus Mason Pope

Hamline University - School of Law; Queensland University of Technology - Australian Health Law Research Center; Saint Georges University; Alden March Bioethics Institute


Journal of Clinical Ethics, Vol. 24, No. 2 (Summer 2013)

Since 2009, Professor Pope has authored a quarterly "Legal Briefing" column for the Journal of Clinical Ethics. Each briefing comprehensively reviews legal developments concerning a particular issue in clinical bioethics.The Journal of Clinical Ethics owns the exclusive copyright to distribute the full-text content.

In this Article, I cover recent legal developments involving the Patient Self-Determination Act (PSDA). Enacted in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Cruzan decision in 1990, the PSDA remains a seminal event in the development of U.S. bioethics public policy. But the PSDA has long been criticized as inadequate and ineffective. Finally, recent legislative and regulatory changes promise to revitalize and rejuvenate it. I categorize new legal developments concerning the PSDA into the following eight sections:

1. Background and History

2. Rules and Requirements

3. Criticism and Challenges

4. Failed Efforts to Amend the PSDA

5. Personalize Your Care Act of 2013

6. New Regulations

7. New Regulatory Guidance

8. Expanded Enforcement

Keywords: Legal Briefing, clinical ethics, ethics, bioethics, Patient Self-Determination Act, PSDA, Cruzan, Personalize Your Care Act, regulations, health care, healthcare

JEL Classification: H51, I00, I11, I18, K32

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Date posted: June 25, 2013 ; Last revised: July 1, 2014

Suggested Citation

Pope, Thaddeus Mason, Legal Briefing: The New Patient Self-Determination Act (2013). Journal of Clinical Ethics, Vol. 24, No. 2 (Summer 2013). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2284254

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Thaddeus Mason Pope (Contact Author)
Hamline University - School of Law ( email )
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Queensland University of Technology - Australian Health Law Research Center ( email )
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Brisbane, Queensland 4000
Saint Georges University ( email )
West Indies
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Alden March Bioethics Institute ( email )
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MC 153
Albany, NY 12208
United States
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