Regulating the Foregoing of Artificial Nutrition and Hydration: First, Do Some Harm

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Vol. 50, Pp. 586-588, 2002

Posted: 11 Jun 2002

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Marshall B. Kapp

Florida State University - College of Law and College of Medicine

Abstract

This editorial argues that many state statutes involving the foregoing of artificial nutrition and hydration (ANH), although generally well-intended, frequently exert the practical effect of clouding and confusing the legally permissible boundaries of end-of-life care and thus harming rather than helping the patient and those who must live through and carry on after the dying process. The author speculates about why the current state statutory landscape often adversely affects clinical practice and patients' rights regarding the use and limitation of ANH. Recommendations are offered for the correction or at least amelioration of prevalent present deficiencies in the inception, drafting, and interpretation and explanation of state ANH statutes.

Suggested Citation

Kapp, Marshall, Regulating the Foregoing of Artificial Nutrition and Hydration: First, Do Some Harm. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Vol. 50, Pp. 586-588, 2002, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=304661

Marshall Kapp (Contact Author)

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