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Ethical and legal considerations 

Ethical and legal considerations
Ethical and legal considerations

Anna Spathis

, Helen E. Davies

, Sara Booth

, and Max Watson

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date: 26 January 2021

Principles of ethical decision-making 194

Legal context 196

Assessment of mental capacity 198

Assessment of best interests 200

Advance and proxy decisions 202

Withholding and withdrawing treatment 204

Truth-telling and collusion 208

Further reading 210

Healthcare professionals are frequently confronted by ethical dilemmas when caring for patients with advanced respiratory disease. Many clinical decisions involve an ethical as well as a scientific component. An ability to use ethical reasoning to decide upon an appropriate course of action is as important a skill as that of being able to undertake evidence-based scientific reasoning....

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