this is the case

ida2

Senior Member
Persian - Iran
Hello,

In the context below, what does “this is the case” exactly mean?

A patient’s refusal of life-sustaining treatment is honored because patients have a right to be free of unwanted bodily invasions. Under such circumstances, the underlying illness, not the physician’s action or inaction, is considered the cause of death. This is the case even though some patients who refuse life-prolonging interventions want to hasten their death, not just to be free of unwanted medical interventions.

Source: Resolving Ethical Dilemmas: A Guide for Clinicians by Bernard Lo
 
  • grassy

    Senior Member
    Polish
    This (=the fact that under such circumstances the underlying illness is considered the cause of death) is still true even in situations when patients refuse life-sustaining interventions in order to hasten their death.
     
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