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Adolescent Decisional Capacity and Medical Decision Making

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Adolescent Decisional Capacity and Medical Decision Making
Miguelez, Lindsey Lane
Both inside of the United States and internationally, adolescents in need of medical care and treatment experience dramatic differences in the decision-making rights that are legally available to them due solely to their geographic location. Yet, a growing body of evidence and bioethical opinions suggest that many adolescents can be decisionally capable for making medical decisions prior to reaching their eighteenth birthday. Furthermore, as attitudes about the right to die continue to evolve globally, and with more U.S. states and countries currently debating legislation to allow medical assistance in dying for terminally-ill adults, it stands to reason that the right to die will also be extended to more adolescents as well. Thus, while various arguments, legislation, and approaches assert that decisional capacity can be present in adolescents for medical decision-making, it is important to examine how decisional capacity for medical decision-making emerges, how it is determined, and the ways it can be facilitated to provide the best support for adolescents in health care settings.
King, Nancy M.P. (committee chair)
Hyde, Michael J (committee member)
2019-05-24T08:35:41Z (accessioned)
2019-05-24T08:35:41Z (available)
2019 (issued)
Bioethics (discipline)
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/93936 (uri)
en (iso)
Wake Forest University

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