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Vol 14, No 1 (2019)
Cardiology and law
Published online: 2019-04-10
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Refusal of treatment — selected problems

Kamila Kocańda
Folia Cardiologica 2019;14(1):124-127.

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Vol 14, No 1 (2019)
Cardiology and law
Published online: 2019-04-10

Abstract

A doctor may refrain from treatment unless there is direct threat to life or sudden health risk. In the event of withdra- wal from treatment, the doctor is obliged to inform the patient, his/her legal representative or an actual guardian in advance and to indicate other possibilities of obtaining medical services from another physician or healthcare facility. If a physician offers his/her services based on employment contract, he/she may refrain from treatment only if there are serious reasons and after obtaining consent of his/her supervisor. In the event of withdrawal from treatment, the doctor is obliged to justify his/her decision and record it in medical documentation. Provision of the Patients’ Rights Act states that the patient, their statutory representative or actual guardian have a right to obtain information regarding intention to withdraw treatment sufficiently early, as well as to obtain medical services from another physician or healthcare facility. The Code of Medical Ethics regulates these issues in a similar manner, stipulating that in particularly justified cases, the doctor may refrain from treatment, except for cases requiring urgent medical intervention. However he/she is obliged to denote different possibilities of obtaining medical help.

Abstract

A doctor may refrain from treatment unless there is direct threat to life or sudden health risk. In the event of withdra- wal from treatment, the doctor is obliged to inform the patient, his/her legal representative or an actual guardian in advance and to indicate other possibilities of obtaining medical services from another physician or healthcare facility. If a physician offers his/her services based on employment contract, he/she may refrain from treatment only if there are serious reasons and after obtaining consent of his/her supervisor. In the event of withdrawal from treatment, the doctor is obliged to justify his/her decision and record it in medical documentation. Provision of the Patients’ Rights Act states that the patient, their statutory representative or actual guardian have a right to obtain information regarding intention to withdraw treatment sufficiently early, as well as to obtain medical services from another physician or healthcare facility. The Code of Medical Ethics regulates these issues in a similar manner, stipulating that in particularly justified cases, the doctor may refrain from treatment, except for cases requiring urgent medical intervention. However he/she is obliged to denote different possibilities of obtaining medical help.
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Keywords

refusal of treatment; discontinuation of treatment; withdrawal from treatment

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Title

Refusal of treatment — selected problems

Journal

Folia Cardiologica

Issue

Vol 14, No 1 (2019)

Pages

124-127

Published online

2019-04-10

Bibliographic record

Folia Cardiologica 2019;14(1):124-127.

Keywords

refusal of treatment
discontinuation of treatment
withdrawal from treatment

Authors

Kamila Kocańda

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