To Be Or Not To Be

TitleTo Be Or Not To Be
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsSkipper, RB, Connolly, P, Althaus, RA, Malm, H
Date Published01/2016
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication Languageeng
AbstractAn advance directive is a written document that identifies an individual’s wishes regarding medical treatment if that person becomes unable to communicate them to the attending physician. Advance directives are legally recognized throughout the United States, although laws governing their implementation vary from state to state. “Voluntarily stopping eating and drinking” (VSED) is a provision included in some advance directives to shorten the dying process. There are particular concerns about honoring VSED in advance directives of patients with dementia.
NotesCase from the 2016 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl National Championship.