The knowledge and practice of doctors in relation to the law that governs withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment from adults who lack capacity

White, Ben, Willmott, Lindy, Cartwright, Colleen, Parker, Malcolm and Williams, Gail (2016) The knowledge and practice of doctors in relation to the law that governs withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment from adults who lack capacity. Journal of Law and Medicine, 24 2: 356-370.

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Author White, Ben
Willmott, Lindy
Cartwright, Colleen
Parker, Malcolm
Williams, Gail
Title The knowledge and practice of doctors in relation to the law that governs withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment from adults who lack capacity
Journal name Journal of Law and Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1320-159X
Publication date 2016-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 24
Issue 2
Start page 356
End page 370
Total pages 15
Place of publication Rozelle, NSW, Australia
Publisher Lawbook Co.
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract Law establishes a framework for making decisions about withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment from adults who lack capacity. However, to what extent do doctors know and follow this law? This article reports on a three year empirical study that sought to answer these questions. The research found that doctors have significant legal knowledge gaps in this area. It also found that doctors do not attach significant weight to legal considerations in their decision-making. This article argues that law does have a role to play in end-of life care. However, law reform is needed to make the law more accessible, medical education needs to be improved, and a change in attitude by doctors to medical law is required.
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