Discharge Decisions and the Dignity of Risk

Debjani Mukherjee*

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Mrs. Smith's eyes filled with tears as she said, "I feel like I've done something wrong. Are they punishing me because I've been refusing therapy and won't go to a nursing home?" She acknowledged that she hadn't always listened to her doctors but said that she knew better now and wanted to go home and see if she could make it work. Many staff members at our rehabilitation hospital had explained their safety concerns to her, and some had enlisted her adult daughter, with whom she lived, to convince her too. The rehabilitation team had called on the ethics consultation service, of which I am a part, to help figure out whether Mrs. Smith had the capacity to make an informed refusal of discharge recommendations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-8
Number of pages2
JournalHastings Center Report
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Philosophy
  • Health Policy
  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects


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