Chapter 9: Ethical Dilemmas in Surrogate Decision Making

Scholar Bruce Jennings discusses patient autonomy and the role of family by asking some important questions: Can we realistically expect the surrogate to simply follow the will of the patient in a rapidly changing context? Can we really expect surrogates to put aside their own values, hopes, and emotions? Finally, what is the role of the care provider in assisting the surrogate, especially when the patient has no close friends or family?

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