refusal of therapy

refusal of therapy

1. Denial of treatment to a patient.
2. Unwillingness of a patient to participate in treatment.
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There had been an apparent breakdown in communications at the rehab unit, where the caseworker had told the family early that morning that Virginia was being transferred to private-pay effective immediately because of her refusal of therapy for the third time.
Physicians are morally and legally required to honor a competent patient's rational refusal of therapy.
However, as pointed out in the Hastings Center Report note, it seems that many physicians are unaware that they are legally required to honor a competent patient's rational refusal of therapy even when they know that death will result.