The Robert Wendland case: Legal implications of the Wendland case for end-of-life decision making
In Conservatorship of Wendland, the California Supreme Court established a high standard of proof for end-of-life decision making on behalf of patients who are incompetent but conscious and have a court-appointed conservator.1 The court's opinion establishes an easier standard of proof for some situations where there is no conservator, but the opinion leaves many questions unanswered. We address the implications of Wendland for health care professionals in California and, in particular, the questions of what evidence of a patient's end-of-life wishes is required for physicians to withhold life-sustaining treatment and how strong that evidence must be in various situations.
Western Journal of Medicine
Eisenberg, Jon B. and Kelso, J. Clark, "The Robert Wendland case: Legal implications of the Wendland case for end-of-life decision making" (2002). McGeorge School of Law Scholarly Articles. 417.