End-of-Life Decision Making in Hong Kong : The Appeal of the Shared Decision Making Model

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFamily-Oriented Informed Consent
Subtitle of host publicationEast Asian and American Perspectives
EditorsRuiping Fan
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherSpringer
Chapter10
Pages149-167
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-12120-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-12119-2
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NamePhilosophy and Medicine
PublisherSpringer
Volume121
ISSN (Print)0376-7418
ISSN (Electronic)2215-0080

Abstract

Making decisions about end-of-life care (EOL care) for the terminally ill is often difficult for patients, family members and health care professionals, as EOL decision-making poses legal, medical, ethical, religious and cultural issues that cannot be easily tackled, such as considerations of the patient’s dignity and autonomy, and ‘paternalism.’ The case of the 41-year-old brain damaged woman, Terri Schiavo in the U.S. (who was in a vegetative state for more than 15 years) has provoked discussion of the right-to-live/right-to-die and the implementation of advance directives (including living wills, health care proxies/durable power of attorney). In particular, the case also raises a crucial question: “who should be the right person to make the decision to embrace the EOL care?”

Citation Format(s)

End-of-Life Decision Making in Hong Kong : The Appeal of the Shared Decision Making Model. / Chan, Ho Mun; Tse, M. W. Doris; Wong, Kam Hung; Lai, Julian Chuk-Ling; Chui, Chun Kit.

Family-Oriented Informed Consent: East Asian and American Perspectives. ed. / Ruiping Fan. Switzerland : Springer, 2015. p. 149-167 (Philosophy and Medicine; Vol. 121).

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)peer-review