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Le Respect des Volontés Anticipées de Fin de Vie: Entre Jugement Clinique et Droit (The Respect of Advanced End-of-Life Directive: Between Clinical Judgment and the Law)

Revue du Barreau Canadien, Vol. 87, p. 37, 2008

43 Pages Posted: 24 Oct 2012  

Lara Khoury

McGill University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

The abandonment of a paternalistic attitude toward medical treatment in favour of an approach more attuned to patient autonomy and quality of dying has led to an increased interest towards advanced end-of-life instructions. Complying with these instructions, however, presents a number of practical difficulties for healthcare providers. This analysis focuses both on the obligation to respect end-of-life advanced directives and wishes in Quebec law, as well as on the various factors that enable one to determine whether or not a decision to respect, or not to respect, such instructions is reasonable.

Notes: Downloadable document is in French.

Keywords: Euthanasia, right to death, right to die, quality of dying, end of life instructions, Quebec law, legal framework, healthcare

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Khoury, Lara, Le Respect des Volontés Anticipées de Fin de Vie: Entre Jugement Clinique et Droit (The Respect of Advanced End-of-Life Directive: Between Clinical Judgment and the Law) (2008). Revue du Barreau Canadien, Vol. 87, p. 37, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2165308

Lara Khoury (Contact Author)

McGill University - Faculty of Law ( email )

3644 Peel Street
Montreal H3A 1W9, Quebec
Canada

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