Withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining therapy

P. N. Lanken, B. D. Ahlheit, S. Crawford, J. H. Hansen-Flaschen, S. S. Lefrak, J. M. Luce, M. A. Matthay, M. L. Osborne, T. A. Raffin, J. L. Robotham, P. A. Selecky, G. L. Snider, D. D. Storey, P. B. Terry

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The American Thoracic Society has adopted a position statement regarding the withholding and withdrawing of life-sustaining therapy. The three objectives of this statement are to enhance the understanding of physicians and other health care providers of the issues involved in withholding and withdrawing life support, to promote medically and ethically sound decision making in clinical practice related to withholding and withdrawing life support, and to assist in the development of institutional and public policies related to these issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)478-485
Number of pages8
JournalAnnals of internal medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1991


  • Ethics
  • Euthanasia, passive
  • Informed consent
  • Life support care
  • Ventilators, mechanical

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  • Internal Medicine

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    Lanken, P. N., Ahlheit, B. D., Crawford, S., Hansen-Flaschen, J. H., Lefrak, S. S., Luce, J. M., Matthay, M. A., Osborne, M. L., Raffin, T. A., Robotham, J. L., Selecky, P. A., Snider, G. L., Storey, D. D., & Terry, P. B. (1991). Withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining therapy. Annals of internal medicine, 115(6), 478-485. https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-115-6-478