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
33 Pages Posted: 26 Sep 2019
Date Written: July 25, 2019
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: Suggested Citation