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ETHICS IN MEDICINE   University of Washington School of Medicine

Informed Consent:
Case 2 Discussion

This patient understands what is at stake with his treatment refusal. As he is competent to make this decision, you have a duty to respect his choice. However, you should also be sure to explore his reasons for refusing treatment and continue to discuss your recommendations. A treatment refusal should be honored, but it should also not be treated as the end of a discussion.
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