Enhancing the doctor-patient relationship: living, dying and use of the living will
The research aims to establish whether processes around the consideration and execution of the living will help enhance the doctor-patient relationship. Studies have shown that the living will is not used frequently, and that the doctor-patient relationship is often deficient. The research explores the two primary topics – the living will, and the doctor-patient relationship – separately. Each primary topic is approached via a consideration of the relevant literature, and each is then analyzed from a theoretical–ethical point of view. A synthesis of these separate investigations is presented. This synthesis concludes that the living will can help enhance the doctor-patient relationship.
M.Sc. (Med. (Bioethics and Health Law)), Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, 2008.
doctor-patient relationship , living will