Withholding & Withdrawing Care: Autonomy & Surrogate Decision Makers


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What does it mean to withhold care?

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1. What is withdrawing medical care?

2. What is the ethical/legal line between withholding and withdrawing care?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This multiple-choice quiz will shed some light on how much you know about withholding and withdrawing care in the healthcare industry. The main points on the quiz include an explanation of withholding care and what it means to withdraw medical care.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz/worksheet will test what you know about the following:

  • The ethical and legal line between withdrawing and withholding care
  • A person's autonomy
  • Person who can make legal decisions about a patient if the patient cannot

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - make sure you can accurately define the withdrawing of medical care and what it means to withhold care
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the autonomy of an individual and the person who is responsible for making legal decisions about a patient who's incapable of doing so themselves
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the legal and ethical line between withholding and withdrawing care

Additional Learning

For more on ethics in medical treatment, you can review the lesson called Withholding & Withdrawing Care: Autonomy & Surrogate Decision Makers. The following areas will be covered for your benefit:

  • Definition of 'medical ethics'
  • Reasons that patients choose to withhold care
  • Ways of deciding on a specific treatment for a patient