Quality of Life in Legal Perspective

Encyclopedia of Bioethics, 4th ed., Jennings ed., Macmillan Reference, 2013 Forthcoming

1 Pages Posted: 7 Sep 2012  

Thaddeus Mason Pope

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

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

This is an update to the entry for "Quality of Life in Legal Perspective" for the 4th edition of the Encyclopedia of Bioethics. Over the past decade, the law has addressed quality-of-life issues in three key areas. First the law has continued to place limits on surrogates’ authority to direct the withholding or withdrawing of life-sustaining treatment. Second, the law has continued to constrain the scope of surrogates’ authority to request the continuation of life-sustaining treatment. Third, the law has increasingly permitted terminally ill patients with capacity to actively hasten their death.

Keywords: quality of life, surrogate, ill, death, dying

JEL Classification: K00, K32

Suggested Citation

Pope, Thaddeus Mason, Quality of Life in Legal Perspective (2012). Encyclopedia of Bioethics, 4th ed., Jennings ed., Macmillan Reference, 2013 Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2141501

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