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Nurs Crit Care. 2004 Nov-Dec;9(6):271-6.

Ms. B and legal competence: interprofessional collaboration and nurse autonomy.

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Faculty of Health and Social Work, University of Plymouth, Pool, Cornwall, UK.


--Ms. B's wish for withdrawal of treatment was refused. --The nurses' role and autonomy in the decision-making is unclear. --Historically, tensions have existed in the doctor-nurse relationship. --Interprofessional collaboration is encouraged in order to facilitate team working. --Evidence is lacking that this is working and suggests continuing problems. --Legal and ethical education needs emphasizing in order to ensure respect for patient autonomy.

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