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Whose fault is it if a strong-willed elderly person refuses to follow doctor advice and has bad problem? Her kids or caregivers?

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Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: ? fault

Patients are free to make their own medical decisions as long as they are fully capable of understanding the risks, benefits and alternatives and the potential harm that can happen to not following medical advice.
Medical treatment cannot be forced upon a patient that is competent to make their own medical decisions.

In brief: ? fault

Patients are free to make their own medical decisions as long as they are fully capable of understanding the risks, benefits and alternatives and the potential harm that can happen to not following medical advice.
Medical treatment cannot be forced upon a patient that is competent to make their own medical decisions.
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Transitions

Any adult is ceded the right to make decisions about their own healthcare, whether you or a doc agree with their decision or not.
If an elderly person is judged incompetent to render such judgement, (a proceeding involving a county judge in my state) ,an alternate person is appointed to do so. Fault suggests you can change something about a situation,when you can't, there is none.

In brief: Transitions

Any adult is ceded the right to make decisions about their own healthcare, whether you or a doc agree with their decision or not.
If an elderly person is judged incompetent to render such judgement, (a proceeding involving a county judge in my state) ,an alternate person is appointed to do so. Fault suggests you can change something about a situation,when you can't, there is none.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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