Death and decision making among Minnesota physicians

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A random sample of Minnesota physicians were surveyed as to their definitions of clinical death and willingness to override wishes of the reference groups of patient, family, hospital and community. Sixty-five percent defined clinical death to be brain death. For each of the reference groups, the majority of respondents indicated that there were situations warranting the physician's overriding those wishes; however, most physicians indicated that if the patient were competent to decide, he or she should have the final say.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)499-502
Number of pages4
JournalMinnesota medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - Dec 1 1982
Externally publishedYes

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  • Medicine(all)


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