The Biggest Decision of Them All - Death and Assisted Dying: Capacity Assessments and Undue Influence Screening
Internal Medicine Journal, Forthcoming
8 Pages Posted: 21 Mar 2019
Date Written: January 28, 2019
Arguably, deciding the timing and manner of one's death is the biggest decision of all. With the Victorian Voluntary Assisted Dying Act commencing in 2019, assessing capacity to choose Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) becomes a critical issue for clinicians in Victoria, and elsewhere with ongoing efforts to change the law across Australia and in New Zealand. We consider how capacity assessment and undue influence screening can be approached for VAD, the role and risks of supported decision-making, and argue for the importance of training to ensure health care professionals are educated about their role.
Keywords: assisted dying, capacity
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