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policy 0191 : Refusal of Treatment

Under Virginia law, capable adult patients and emancipated minors at the University of Virginia Medical Center have the right to make decisions concerning their medical treatment, including decisions to refuse some or all treatments. Refusal of treatment refers both to withholding treatment not yet begun and cessation of an ongoing treatment. Decisions concerning refusal of treatment are not only applicable at the end-of-life, but can occur at any time during a patient's hospitalization.

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  1. effective date:

    October 1, 2016
  2. signature(s):

    Scott A. Syverud, MD, President, Clinical Staff
    Pamela M. Sutton-Wallace, CEO, UVA Medical Center