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Title: Advance directives as an instrument in an ageing Europe
Authors: Goffin, Tom # ×
Issue Date: Apr-2012
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
Series Title: European Journal of Health Law vol:19 issue:2 pages:121-140
Abstract: Advance directives are written or oral statements that are intended to govern healthcare decision-making for their authors, for both positive and negative decisions, should they lose decisional capacity in the future. In a Europe which is facing an ageing population, advance directives play an increasing role to (help) formulate the wishes from elderly patient once they start losing the capacity to decide independently. Advance directives should not only be used as a formulation of the patients' previously made decision, but can also be used as guidelines to better understand the previous expressed wishes of the patient. If the advance directive is formulated in too vague form, the healthcare proxy and/or the healthcare trustee can help the physician interpret the directive. This broader approach towards advance directives is reflected in the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights, as well as on the European legislative level.
ISSN: 0929-0273
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Interfaculty Centre for Biomedial Ethics and Law
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