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The Law of End-of-Life Decision-Making


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  • palliative care
  • advance directives
  • living will
  • physician-assisted suicide
  • DNR
  • dementia
  • surrogate
  • PVS
  • Patient Self-Determination Act
  • futility
  • healthcare proxy

Learn to:

  1. Design practical strategies for how to mediate disagreements between physicians and families over the continued provision of treatment that prolongs the dying process

  2. Advise patients and families on the function and limitations of advance directives

  3. Assess the different approaches legislatures and courts have taken to decisions about withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining treatment from patients who lack decision-making capacity

This end-of-life law class explores the legal, ethical and public policy issues related to end-of-life medical care. Students work with peers and the professor to evaluate the arguments for and against the legalization of physician-assisted suicide, articulate the relationship between healthcare reimbursement policies and the quality of end-of-life care, and distinguish between advance directives and POLST forms. Throughout the course, students build awareness of court-imposed limitations on various parties’ decision-making powers and develop practical skills that enhance their delivery of end-of-life medical care.


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