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Proposed Guidelines for Discontinuation of Life-Sustaining Treatment in Competent Patient

Purpose:

To evaluate a patient who has requested discontinuation of a life-sustaining therapy based on the guidelines of Quill et al.

Specialty:

General content (available to all)

Objective:

severity, prognosis, stage, selection, quality of life, end-of-life, palliative care

ICD-10:

Z51.5, Z99.9

Description:

Sometimes a patient may request that a life-sustaining treatment or device be discontinued. Quill et al proposed guidelines to help a physician evaluate and respond to such a request. The authors are from the University of Rochester in New York.

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