Last July, I wrote about how some range of the high (90%+) consensual resolution rate of end-of-life conflicts is illusory because the surrogates may consent based on incomplete information and understanding.
A new study by David Brush and colleagues in Critical Care Medicine lends support to concern that some physicians deliberately misrepresent information in order to obtain surrogate consent to their proposed treatment plan. This seems like a serious informed consent violation, especially in Wisconsin where physicians must often disclose options even if they think they are inappropriate.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Critical Care Physicians Getting Surrogate Consent through Lying
Thaddeus Mason Pope is Director of the Health Law Institute and Professor of Law and at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota. <> <> He is also an Adjunct Professor with the Australian Centre for Health Law Research at Queensland University of Technology; Adjunct Associate Professor with the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College; and Visiting Professor of Medical Jurisprudence at St. Georges University. <> <> Professor Pope is an internationally recognized expert in bioethics and medical ethics. He has over 120 publications in: leading medical journals, law reviews, bar journals, nursing journals, bioethics journals, and book chapters. He also coauthors the definitive 1500-page treatise The Right to Die: The Law of End-of-Life Decisionmaking.