substituted judgment


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substituted judgment

Instructions regarding patients' wishes from significant others, usually with respect to their preferences for life support, drug therapy, fluid infusions, or supplemental nutrition. Substituted judgments are relied upon when patients are unable to advocate for themselves, and are generally respected by health care workers, but their validity in representing the actual desires of patients has been questioned.
See also: judgment
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The health care team's question involves not just FB's substituted judgment, but also the impact of caregiver burden on it.
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While the current law commands that they provide a substituted judgment, natural law would reject such a one-size-fits-all approach.
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When substituted judgment fails to supply clear answers, the best interest standard comes into play.
The loose substituted judgment standard has been adopted by a number of courts.
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Substituted judgment is to be distinguished from a decision based on an advance directive.
Surrogate decision-makers will not do that, however, if they are encouraged to use the principle of substituted judgment before that of best interest.
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