Module introduction

Learning outcomes


By completing this module, we hope that you will gain an understanding of:


  • the current legal status of advance directives in Ireland


  • the current practice in Ireland when a patient lacks capacity to participate in healthcare decision-making


  • the Wardship system


  • recent developments, which will include awareness of the various recommendations made by the Law Reform Commission, The Irish Council for Bioethics and the Irish Medical Council.



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