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The Italian law on informed consent and advance directives: New rules of conduct for the autonomy of doctors and patients in end-of-life care.

08:00 EDT 29th August 2018 | BioPortfolio

Summary of "The Italian law on informed consent and advance directives: New rules of conduct for the autonomy of doctors and patients in end-of-life care."

Italy has long lacked a law regulating patients' informed consent and advance directives (ADs). All previous attempts to introduce a law on this matter failed to reach positive outcomes, and aroused heated ideological debate over the exact meaning of life and death. We report on the new law on informed consent and ADs approved by the Italian Parliament on 14th December 2017.

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Name: Journal of critical care
ISSN: 1557-8615
Pages: 178-182

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