right to refuse treatment


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The doctrine that a person, even if involuntarily committed to a hospital, cannot be forced to submit to any treatment against his will unless a life-and-death emergency exists

right to refuse treatment

Forensic medicine A doctrine that a person, even if involuntarily committed to a hospital, may not be forced to submit to any treatment against his will unless a life-and-death emergency exists
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Discussion and emphasis settled around the human rights concerns of TLC+, namely confidentiality and an individual's right to refuse treatment, the clinical implications of scaling up care and treatment services to keep up with the scale up of HIV testing services, program integration, and implications for women and families who are under/uninsured.
Swayze [2003], the Supreme Court of Canada has confirmed that capable adults have the right to refuse treatment, even if that treatment is in his or her best interests from a medical perspective.
In this reported case a mentally capable, but physically disabled man, wished to exercise the right to refuse treatment that kept him alive, save for the provision of pain relief as he approached death.
Patients have a right to refuse treatment, but there is no law that allows them to state what treatment they would wish to receive if they lose consciousness.
Bioethics expert Arthur Caplan told Connecticut's Hartford Superior Court: "In my opinion, a competent adult like Mr Coleman has the right to refuse treatment.
Another said doctors did have the right to refuse treatment, but only under very specific circumstances.
Subsequent chapters discuss circumstances when consent may be required or desired, including reproductive matters, prisoners and detainees, minors, mental illness, the right to refuse treatment, human research and experimentation, organ donation and autopsy, the elderly, and alcohol and substance abuse in the workplace.
The new GMC guidelines are expected to reinforce this notion that it is a competent patient's right to refuse treatment.
Welby had indeed become an advocate for the right to refuse treatment, recently writing a book, Let Me Die (Rizzoli), in which he asked the Italian government for what he called "euthanasia.
As long as our legal system protects his right to refuse treatment, the hospital has to discharge him again, even though he probably will come back.