End of Life Journal Archives

Content tagged with Best interests

Advance Decisions to Refuse Treatment in Cases of Dementia

Joanna Davies, Rob George

Evaluating someone’s mental capacity in relation to advance decisions to refuse treatment can be a challenge for health professionals, particularly in cases of dementia. The Mental Capacity Act 2005 clarifies and formalises the functional assessment of capacity. It aims to protect individual autonomy and counter the assumption that, just because... Read full article

Case Law on Artificial Nutrition and Hydration Since Bland

Dr Martin JR Curtice

The legal basis and principles for the lawful withdrawal of artificial nutrition and hydration (ANH) from people in a persistent vegetative state (now termed permanent vegetative state), was laid out in the case of Anthony Bland, who sustained catastrophic and irreversible brain damage as a result of being crushed during... Read full article

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