When a health care surrogate is selected by the patient or appointed by a court, they have legal rights and obligations that impact your practice. Using real world examples, we will explore how interaction with a health care substitute can benefit the provider and result in the best patient outcomes and, conversely, how to handle a proxy who does not act in the best interests of the incarcerated individual. Learn how to recognize when your patient needs a surrogate and how to obtain one.
Outline the legal principals underlying the right to make our own medical decisions
Explain the differences between health care surrogates who are selected by the patient versus appointed by a court
Discuss how to recognize when a patient needs a health care surrogate and how to obtain one