Guidelines of the Alzheimer Society of Canada
D. Fisk, A. Dessa Sadovnick, Carole A. Cohen, Serge Gauthier,
Dossetor, Astrid Eberhart and Linda LeDuc
Alzheimer's disease raises numerous ethical issues which vary
and evolve over the course of the illness. In recognition
of the need for ongoing discussion of these issues, the Alzheimer
Society of Canada established a Task Force on Ethics in 1995.
Through a process of "discourse ethics" and consultation on
a national scale, the Task Force produced a series of guidelines
dealing with the issues of: communicating the diagnosis, driving,
respecting individual choice, quality of life, participation
in research, genetic testing, the use of restraints, and end-of-life
care. This manuscript presents a summary of these guidelines
as well as a summary of the ideas on which they were based.
It was the hope of the Society that the publication of these
guidelines will serve to facilitate discussion of the ethics
of care of those with Alzheimer's disease.
J. Neurol. Sci. 1998; 25: 242-248