ERIC Number: ED264500
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Dying with Dignity: Difficult Times, Difficult Choices. A Report Presented by the Chairman of the Select Committee on Aging. House of Representatives, Ninety-Ninth Congress, First Session.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Select Committee on Aging.
This report from the Select Committee on Aging examines financial, medical, and social issues surrounding terminally ill patients with special emphasis on the elderly terminally ill. The first section discusses topics related to the medical treatment of the terminally ill. Two basic issues are important: the right to have medical treatment and the right to refuse medical treatment. Considerations of ethics, competency, surrogate decision-making, advanced directives, and conflicting interest involved in medical treatment of the terminally ill are discussed. This report issues a call for action to policymakers to relieve financial pressures on the terminally ill, foster mechanisms for advanced directives, protect treatment rights of the terminally ill, and to affirm a patient "bill of rights." The second section of the report is by the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. It examines issues related to five medical interventions including renal dialysis, mechanical ventilation, nutritional support therapy, resuscitation, and the use of antibiotics in the elderly. (ABL)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Select Committee on Aging.