Withholding Treatment


Care, Withdrawing

Cessation of Treatment

Treatment Cessation

Treatment Cessations

Treatment, Withdrawing

Treatment, Withholding

Treatments, Withdrawing

Treatments, Withholding

Withdrawing Care

Withdrawing Treatment

Withdrawing Treatments

Withholding Treatments

Withholding or withdrawal of a particular treatment or treatments, often (but not necessarily) life-prolonging treatment, from a patient or from a research subject as part of a research protocol. The concept is differentiated from REFUSAL TO TREAT, where the emphasis is on the health professional's or health facility's refusal to treat a patient or group of patients when the patient or the patient's representative requests treatment. Withholding of life-prolonging treatment is usually indexed only with EUTHANASIA, PASSIVE, unless the distinction between withholding and withdrawing treatment, or the issue of withholding palliative rather than curative treatment, is discussed.