The Physician's Role in Completing Advance Directives: Ensuring Patients' Capacity to Make Healthcare Decisions in Advance
Wenger, Neil S.
Journal of Clinical Ethics. 1994 Winter; 5(4): 320-323.
Patients are joining their physicians more often in making decisions about medical care. With advance directives patients can make their preferences about care known, even when they cannot participate in medical decisions, and choose the people they want to be making decisions for them. Patients who are likely to lose the capacity to make decisions are the ones who most need to plan their medical care in advance. Yet, in the case we present here, an advance directive made it more difficult for a physician to understand the preferences of a psychiatrically impaired patient. We suggest that these kinds of patients need the assistance of their physicians to complete advance directives.
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