Withholding life-sustaining treatment: Are adolescents competent to make these decisions?

Doig, Christopher; Burgess, Ellen
May 2000
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;5/30/2000, Vol. 162 Issue 11, p1585
Academic Journal
Presents the case of a 12-year-old girl diagnosed with renal failure. Her decision not undergo dialysis, and her understanding that without the procedure, she would die; Questions regarding the competence of adolescents to make decisions regarding life-sustaining treatment; Description of the capacities of adolescents to process information as described by Jean Piaget; Legal authority of parents.


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