Physician Attitudes Regarding Advance Directives for High-Risk Surgical Patients: A Qualitative Analysis
Bradley, Ciaran T
Brasel, Karen J
Schwarze, Margaret L
Surgery 2010 Aug; 148(2): 209-16
Advance directive (AD) use is uncommon in surgical patients, yet the exact reasons for this are unknown. Our aim was to identify and describe beliefs held by surgeons regarding ADs. A qualitative exploration of physicians' opinions of ADs for surgical patients was designed. This methodology is preferred to quantitative techniques, which are subject to bias when an issue's underlying themes are unknown.
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