The effect of values and culture on life-support decisions.

@article{Klessig1992TheEO,
  title={The effect of values and culture on life-support decisions.},
  author={J Klessig},
  journal={The Western journal of medicine},
  year={1992},
  volume={157 3},
  pages={316-22}
}
  • J Klessig
  • Published 1992 in The Western journal of medicine
Withdrawing life support is always difficult. When patients and health professionals are from different ethnic backgrounds, value systems that form the basis for such decisions may conflict. Many cultural groups do not place the same emphasis on patient autonomy and self-determination that Western society does and find the idea of terminating life support offensive. Although physicians should never assume patients will respond in a particular way because of their ethnic background, issues of… CONTINUE READING

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