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Entscheidungen am Lebensende, Vorsorgevollmacht und Patientenverfügung [End-of-life decisions, powers of attorney, and advance directives].
Publication types: English Abstract ; Journal Article ; ReviewPublication Status: ppublish
In modern medicine, decisions about the kind of treatment at life's end are often inevitable. According to German law, powers of attorney and advance directives can be of help in these decisions. When a patient in a state of competence has issued a lasting power of attorney, there is no need for courts to appoint a proxy, and physicians immediately have a legally empowered decision-maker they can address. According to current German law, advance directives are legally valid and binding expressions of a patient's will. They are, however, more powerful when issued after consultation with a physician. If treatment at life's end no longer complies with the patient's will or loses its medical indication, the goal of treatment should be redirected towards palliation. This implies that life-sustaining treatment may be withdrawn or withheld, which is best accomplished with sensitivity to the needs of patients, relatives, and health care professionals.
Advance Directive Adherence/ethics, Advance Directive Adherence/legislation & jurisprudence, Advance Directives/ethics, Advance Directives/legislation & jurisprudence, Germany, Informed Consent/ethics, Informed Consent/legislation & jurisprudence, Physician's Role, Physician-Patient Relations/ethics, Terminal Care/legislation & jurisprudence, Withholding Treatment/ethics, Withholding Treatment/legislation & jurisprudence
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