oa South African Journal of Bioethics and Law - Enhancing the doctor-patient relationship : living, dying and use of the living will

Volume 2, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1999-7639



This article aims to establish whether processes around the consideration and execution of the living will help enhance the doctor-patient relationship. Studies indicate that the living will is not used frequently, and that the doctor-patient relationship is often deficient. The article explores the two primary topics - the living will, and the doctor-patient relationship - separately, and then presents a synthesis of these separate investigations. This synthesis concludes that the living will can help enhance the doctor-patient relationship. Following this analysis a brief practical model is offered.

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