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Can a patient designate his doctor as his proxy decision maker? Pediatrics 2013 May;131(5):986-90

Date

05/01/2013

Pubmed ID

23629617

DOI

10.1542/peds.2012-3690

Scopus ID

2-s2.0-84877061258   5 Citations

Abstract

Most lawyers and bioethicists recommend that patients enact a durable power of attorney for health care designating somebody as their proxy decision maker should they become unable to make decisions. Most people choose family members as their agent. But what if a patient wants his or her doctor to be his or her proxy decision maker? Can the doctor be both physician and surrogate decision maker? Or should those roles necessarily be kept separate? We present a case in which those issues arose, and sought comments from Sabrina Derrington, a pediatric palliative care physician; Arthur Derse, an emergency department physician and lawyer; and Phil Black, a pulmonologist.

Author List

Black PG, Derse AR, Derrington S, Lantos JD

Author

Arthur R. Derse MD, JD Director, Professor in the Institute for Health and Equity department at Medical College of Wisconsin




MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Advance Directives
Cystic Fibrosis
Decision Making
Humans
Lung Transplantation
Male
Physician-Patient Relations
Proxy
Reoperation
Risk Assessment
United States
Young Adult