Patients suffering from illness stemming from opioid misuse and addiction frequently refuse care. Providers who encounter these patients often find themselves caught between the need to respect patients’ autonomy, and the need to provide appropriate and potentially life-saving care. This project aims to characterize current provider understanding of the ethical issues involved in such clinical dilemmas and to provide ethical guidance on how to navigate them.
Revive, Refuse, Repeat: Informed Refusal and the Opioid Crisis
University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute