End-of-life decisions and demented patients. What to do if the patients current and past wishes are in conflict with each other?
Faculty of Law
European journal of health law. - Dordrecht, 1994, currens
, p. 177-186
University of Antwerp
Abstract In this article different approaches are distinguished in order to solve the question of what has to be done if a demented patient behaves in a manner which is found to be inconsistent with his previously expressed wishes. Positions vary, from implementing the advance directive to not implementing the advance directive. The article defends a compromise position by holding that the exact circumstances of each case should be weighed against each other to determine the outcome and to provide an answer to the research question.