Advance Care Planning: A Communitarian Approach?

Forthcoming in the Journal of Law and Medicine (2019)

NUS Centre for Asian Legal Studies Working Paper 19/06

NUS Law Working Paper No. 2019/020

33 Pages Posted: 26 Sep 2019

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Tracey Evans Chan

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: July 25, 2019

Abstract

This article examines the evolution of advance care planning (ACP) in Singapore through the development of a less formal, communications based model – the Living Matters programme – and its experience with local cultural and community responses to the process and its outcomes. Living Matters is, in practice, arguably a communitarian approach to ACP. The article then examines the challenges Living Matters poses to the overarching legal framework for ACP, and suggests improvements to the proxy decision making framework under the Mental Capacity Act, offering more flexible legal tools for ACP, and more regulatory support for the means to implement ACP outcomes effectively.

Keywords: Advance Care Planning, Family/Shared Decision Making, Best Interests

Suggested Citation

Chan, Tracey Evans, Advance Care Planning: A Communitarian Approach? (July 25, 2019). Forthcoming in the Journal of Law and Medicine (2019); NUS Centre for Asian Legal Studies Working Paper 19/06; NUS Law Working Paper No. 2019/020. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3459382

Tracey Evans Chan (Contact Author)

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law ( email )

469G Bukit Timah Road
Eu Tong Sen Building
Singapore, 259776
Singapore

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