End-of-life patients, intensive care and consent: difficulties facing French intensivists.

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BACKGROUND The French legislature passed a law in 2005 that assigns a new role to the physician and redefines his liability in end-of-life decisions. METHOD This law is presented and discussed in context with current French legal practice. RESULTS This law emphasizes patient autonomy, advocating that the patient be fully informed before treatment, and… (More)

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