Impact of legal liability, family wishes, and other "external factors" on physicians' life-support decisions.

@article{Perkins1990ImpactOL,
  title={Impact of legal liability, family wishes, and other "external factors" on physicians' life-support decisions.},
  author={Henry S. Perkins and Ronald L. Bauer and Helen P. Hazuda and J D Schoolfield},
  journal={The American journal of medicine},
  year={1990},
  volume={89 2},
  pages={185-94}
}
PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of external factors on physicians' life-support decisions. "External factors" are those factors that promote the interests of people other than the patient. Examples of external factors include physician legal liability and family wishes about patient care. SUBJECTS AND METHODS A nationwide sample consisted of 300 randomly selected physician-members from the American Society of Law and Medicine (ASLM) and 300 from the Society for… CONTINUE READING