Connecticut Law Review
patient decisionmaking, overtreatment, hospital decisionmaking
This essay will analyze the process of making health care decisions when patients' chances are slim. I look at recent legal tools that purport to enhance patients' control over their own care, and conclude that they are rarely efficacious. Because all medical decisions are based on prognosis, and because prognosis is ineluctably subjective, the doctor retains almost total control of the decisionmaking process.
Dena S. Davis, Slim Just Left Town: Decision-Making on an Intensive Care Unit, 23 Connecticut Law Review 261 (1991)