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
Date Written: 2008
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.
Note: 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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