Patient refusal of care in the out-of-hospital setting

James Adams*, Vince Verdile, Robert Arnold, R. Jack Ayres, Joshua Kosowsky

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A case vignette of out-of-hospital refusal of emergency care is reported with accompanying discussion. This case illustrates the challenges faced by out-of-hospital emergency care personnel in these scenarios and provides guidance to the emergency physician and emergency medical technician. Recommendations are provided for preparing the emergency medical services system to handle these cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)948-951
Number of pages4
JournalAcademic Emergency Medicine
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1996


  • EMS
  • emergency medical services
  • ethics
  • out-of-hospital emergency care
  • refusal of care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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