Making medical decisions for patients without surrogates.

  title={Making medical decisions for patients without surrogates.},
  author={Thaddeus Mason Pope},
  journal={The New England journal of medicine},
  volume={369 21},
P who are decisionally incapacitated but haven’t provided advance directives for their health care and have no health care surrogates — sometimes called the “unbefriended” or “unrepresented” — are some of the most powerless and marginalized members of society. Most of the unrepresented are elderly, homeless, mentally disabled, or socially alienated. Yet medical decision making for these vulnerable patients often lacks even minimally sufficient safeguards and protections. Consequently, health… CONTINUE READING
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