Advance Directives

  • Peter Lack
  • Nikola Biller-Andorno
  • Susanne Brauer

Part of the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine book series (LIME, volume 54)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. History of Advance Directives and Prerequisites for Validity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Alfred Simon
      Pages 3-16
    3. Jochen Vollmann
      Pages 37-49
  3. Defining the Scope of Advance Directives

  4. Effects on Family, Friends and Professional Relations

  5. Ethical Challenges

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Manuel Trachsel, Christine Mitchell, Nikola Biller-Andorno
      Pages 169-179
  6. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-201
    2. Nikola Biller-Andorno, Susanne Brauer, Peter Lack
      Pages 203-205
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 207-213

About this book


This volume gives an overview on the currently debated ethical issues regarding advance directives from an international perspective. It focuses on a wider understanding of the known and widely accepted concept of patient self-determination for future situations. Although advance directives have been widely discussed since the 1980s, the ethical bases of advance directives still remain a matter of heated debates. The book aims to contribute to these controversial debates by integrating fundamental ethical issues on advance directives with practical matters of their implementation. Cultural, national and professional differences in how advance directives are understood by health care professions and by patients, as well as in laws and regulations, are pinpointed.


Advanced Directives advanced care planning patient autonomy patient decision-making and self-determination power of attorney for health care

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Lack
    • 1
  • Nikola Biller-Andorno
    • 2
  • Susanne Brauer
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Moral Theology and EthicsUniversity of FribourgBaselSwitzerland
  2. 2.Institute of Biomedical EthicsUniversity of ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  3. 3.Institute of Biomedical EthicsUniversity of ZurichZurichSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-7376-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-7377-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1567-8008
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