The Use of an Advance Directive in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry: A Case Report
Epstein, Steven A.
Crowley, Margaret A.
Pennanen, Marie F.
International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine. 1994; 24(4): 371-376.
OBJECTIVE: The following case report illustrates the use of a psychiatric advance directive in a surgical setting. METHOD: The case of a woman with breast cancer and debilitating pre-operative anxiety is presented. Her anxiety was so severe that it resulted in repeated refusal to have necessary surgery. An advance directive facilitated proceeding with surgery despite her objections in the immediate pre-operative period. CONCLUSION: Consultation-Liaison psychiatrists should consider the use of an advance directive when preoperative anxiety interferes with decision-making capacity.
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