Ethical Management of the Elderly Patient

  • Paul J. Hoehner


Because of the increasing growth of the elderly population, geriatric care is rapidly emerging as a unique medical specialty in its own right. Advancements in medical science and changes in the health care delivery system that impact the care of the elderly are accompanied by myriad ethical dilemmas that confront not only the physician and patient, but social workers, nursing home staff, and relatives. Settings involving the extremes of age and illness are the most complex in ethical deliberation. Although anesthesiologists may confront a variety of ethical issues, such as patient confidentiality, care of Jehovah’s Witnesses, substance abuse, and so forth, this chapter will focus on those issues unique to and more likely to be encountered in the elderly patient.


Palliative Care Advance Directive Personal Autonomy Persistent Vegetative State Ethical Management 
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  • Paul J. Hoehner
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Anesthesiology Central Maine Heart AssociatesCentral Maine Heart and Vascular InstituteLewiston
  2. 2.Department of Religious StudiesUniversity of Virginia Graduate School of Arts and SciencesCharlottesvilleUSA

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