Directing citizens to create advance directives
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 4481560
Author(s) Haesen, Sophie; Shaw, David
Author(s) at UniBasel Haesen, Sophie
Shaw, David
Year 2018
Title Directing citizens to create advance directives
Journal Swiss Medical Weekly
Volume 148
Pages / Article-Number w14628
Keywords advance directives, Switzerland, decision making, mandatory discussion, opt-out approach
Mesh terms Advance Directives, trends; Choice Behavior; Decision Making; Humans; Switzerland
Abstract This article describes the Swiss law on advance directives that was passed at the beginning of 2013 and led to more certainty about the legally binding character of such directives. However, for various reasons the drafting of advance directives is not yet widespread in Switzerland, and many resources might be put to better use if this became a common practice. A recent proposal by members of a political party to make the discussion, although not the actual drafting, of advance directives mandatory was rejected by the Swiss Federal Parliament, and the proposal was written off after having been pending for 2 years. We consider that the rejection of this proposal was not justified and that discussion of advance directives should become mandatory, so that individuals can fully assume their role as responsible citizens taking proactive decisions. The decision not to draft advance directives should be a deliberate one, marking a shift from the current "opt-in" approach to an "opt-out" scenario.
Publisher EMH Schweizerischer Ärzteverlag
ISSN/ISBN 1424-7860
Full Text on edoc Available
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.4414/smw.2018.14628
PubMed ID
ISI-Number WOS:000440405500006
Document type (ISI) Journal Article, Review

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