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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 258--261

Constitutional and legal protection for life support limitation in India


Department of Critical Care, Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine, Nayati Healthcare and Research Pvt. Ltd, DLF Corporate Park, Gurgaon, Haryana, India

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R K Mani
Department of Critical Care, Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine, Nayati Healthcare and Research Pvt. Ltd, DLF Corporate Park, Gurgaon, Haryana
India
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Source of Support: Nil., Conflict of Interest: There are no conflicts of interest.


DOI: 10.4103/0973-1075.164903

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Appropriate treatment limitations towards the end of life to reduce unwanted burdens require ethical clarity that is supported by appropriate legislation. The lack of knowledge of enabling legal provisions, physicians feel vulnerable to legal misinterpretation of treatment limiting decisions. In India the lack of societal awareness, inadequate exploration of the gray areas of bio-ethics and unambiguous legal position relating to terminal illness have resulted in poor quality end of life care. Much of the perceived vulnerability by the physician is attributable to insufficient knowledge and understanding of existing constitutional and legal position in India. While we await informed legal and legislative opinion, this paper highlights possible legal liabilities arising from treatment limitation decisions with available defense. It is hoped that such clarity would lead to more confident ethical decisions and improved end of life care for patients.






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