The objective of this module is to provide information and generate discussion about legal issues associated with the health care of the elderly. Below are links to relevant legal briefs, cases, and statutes, along with links and resources for legal information relating to geriatrics.
Barber v. Superior Court of California, 147 Cal. App. 3d 1006 (1993). (Futility and the role of physicians)
Cruzan v. Director, Missouri Department of Health, 110 S.Ct 284 (1990). (Refusing medical treatment for an incompetent person)
Health Care Assurance Act of 2001 (type in bill number S.24)
In Re Baby K, 16 F.3d 590 (4th Cir. 1994). (Futility and the role of physicians)
In Re Dubreuil, 629 So. 2d 819 (Fla. 1994). (Refusing medical treatment)
In Re Guardianship of Browning, 568 So. 2d 4, 11 (Fla. 1990). (Refusing medical treatment and the role of surrogates)
In Re Quinlan, 70 N.J. 10, 355 A.2d 647 (1976). (Refusing medical treatment for an incompetent person)
Patient Self-Determination Act (report provided by the General Accounting Office)
Patients’ Bill of Rights Act (type in bill number S.6)
Vacco v. Quill, 117 S. Ct. 2293 (U.S. 1997). (Physician-assisted suicide)
Washington v. Glucksberg, 521 U.S. 702 (1997). (Physician-assisted suicide)
Kapp MB. Geriatrics and the Law: Patient Rights and Professional Responsibilities.Springer Publishing Company, 1999.
O’Hare TF. Legal issues in the care of the aged. In The Clinical Care of the Aged Person. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994, pp: 329-345.