Should a patient who is pregnant and brain dead receive life support, despite objection from her appointed surrogate?

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Abstract

This article considers whether and when a physician is obligated to offer life support to the point of fetal viability to a patient who is brain dead and pregnant. Lack of ethical, legal, and clinical consensus about best practice in managing this kind of case; a poor clinical evidence base; and the fact that offering life support violates the patient's autonomy and human dignity, as expressed in her advance directive, are sources of ethical, legal, and clinical complexity analyzed here.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1004-1009
Number of pages6
JournalAMA journal of ethics
Volume22
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2020

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy

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