Il consenso informato del paziente anziano

Di Sara Scola -

The elderly person even without being the recipient of a differentiated regulatory framework, must, if necessary, be able to benefit from special protections that are able to effectively counteract his or her possible condition of frailty. In particular, this can occur when the elderly person is called upon to make decisions about his or her health and medical treatments. In this context, it is necessary, first of all, to investigate whether the current legislation on informed consent and on advance healthcare directives also offers the elderly person adequate protection for the therapeutic choices he or she will have to make; moreover, it is appropriate to verify whether other institutions – such as, for example, the court-appointed limited guardianship – can, where necessary, be shaped to meet the needs of the elderly person in difficulty, in order to ensure him or her effective protection.