whether patients have advance health care directives
; document this
If the desire is to avoid any of a variety of procedures aimed at extending life when the patient's death really is close at hand no matter what anyone does, then the advance health care directive
would best be devoted to describing the threshold in the mortality process after which no health care services are wanted, save for those aimed solely at the patient's comfort.
Even if your client has a durable power of attorney for health care, he or she still may need to have a living will and/or an advance health care directive
. The living will and health care directive serve as guides for the agent who must make health care decisions for the principal.
-Living trust, will, advance health care directive
, durable power of attorney for property management
The attorney/author of several books on estate planning topics provides the basic information consumers need to know whether they decide to do their own will and living will (aka advance health care directive
) or seek professional legal help.
No published surveys assess physicians' knowledge about advance health care directive
legislation in their own states, but Youngner et al (15) demonstrated significant health care professional confusion about legal definitions of brain death.