The use of pediatric advance directives: a tool for palliative care physicians.

Title

The use of pediatric advance directives: a tool for palliative care physicians.

Creator

Zinner SE

Publisher

The American Journal Of Hospice & Palliative Care

Date

2008

Subject

Child; Humans; United States; Personal Autonomy; decision making; DNAR; Palliative Care/es [Ethics]; Palliative Care/og [Organization & Administration]; Advance Care Planning/es [Ethics]; Right to Die/lj [Legislation & Jurisprudence]; Advance Care Planning/og [Organization & Administration]; Palliative Care/px [Psychology]; Child Advocacy; Pediatrics/og [Organization & Administration]; Child Advocacy/es [Ethics]; Child Advocacy/lj [Legislation & Jurisprudence]; Child Advocacy/px [Psychology]; Minors/lj [Legislation & Jurisprudence]; Minors/px [Psychology]; Parental Consent/es [Ethics]; Parental Consent/lj [Legislation & Jurisprudence]; Parental Consent/px [Psychology]; Patient Participation/lj [Legislation & Jurisprudence]; Patient Participation/px [Psychology]; Pediatrics/es [Ethics]; Right to Die/es [Ethics]

Description

Although laws such as the Patient Self-Determination Act encourage individuals to address their end-of-life treatment preferences using advance directives, the wishes of children have traditionally been ignored or, perhaps even worse, overruled. Given that there is a substantial body of research indicating that children are capable of making mature decisions when faced with terminal illness, the author proposes granting minors, especially older minors, the right to participate in making end-of-life decisions. Children who complete advance directives benefit in multiple ways. Adopting this approach could benefit patients by demonstrating respect for patient autonomy and informing parents and providers that the minor may be ready to stop aggressive treatment.
2008

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

427-30

Issue

6

Volume

25

Citation

Zinner SE, “The use of pediatric advance directives: a tool for palliative care physicians.,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed August 5, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/14089.

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