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Kühlmeyer, Katja; Borasio, Gian Domenico; Jox, Ralf J. (June 2012): How family caregivers' medical and moral assumptions influence decision making for patients in the vegetative state: a qualitative interview study. In: Journal of medical ethics, Vol. 38, No. 6: pp. 332-337


Decisions on limiting life-sustaining treatment for patients in the vegetative state (VS) are emotionally and morally challenging. In Germany, doctors have to discuss, together with the legal surrogate (often a family member), whether the proposed treatment is in accordance with the patient's will. However, it is unknown whether family members of the patient in the VS actually base their decisions on the patient's wishes.