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An objective approach to decisions to withdraw or withhold life-sustaining medical treatment

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Courts in England and Wales, Australia, and New Zealand have insisted the question of when it is acceptable to withdraw or withhold life-sustaining medical treatment from a child must be considered on a case-by-case basis. Over the last 40 years a number of cases have considered whether treatment is objectively in the child's best interests. This article seeks to identify whether there are factors identified and weighed in a consistent manner across cases. Thirty cases involving decisions abo...

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Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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Institution:
University of Oxford
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HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
Oxford college:
St Cross College
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Humanities Division
Department:
Philosophy
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Author
Publisher:
Thomson Reuters Publisher's website
Journal:
Journal of Law and Medicine Journal website
Volume:
27
Issue:
1
Pages:
192-210
Publication date:
2019-10-22
Acceptance date:
2019-08-27
ISSN:
1320-159X
Pmid:
31682350
Source identifiers:
1070435
Language:
English
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uuid:8dddab79-e1bb-481a-9f27-1ad3c18f82fb
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2019-11-21

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