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Can Your Doctor Understand Your Advance Directive?

January 21, 2019

From the nextavenue website

Health care is deeply personal — especially as we age and face serious illness. Although it may not feel like the easiest conversation to have with our loved ones, it’s critically important to think through and discuss the kind of care we want if we become incapacitated and unable to speak for ourselves. What will we want our doctors and nurses to know? How will we define what matters most?

Those are vital questions, and in fact they’re part of conversations that should start as early our 20s or 30s. That’s what we heard from clinicians and patients in a series of focus groups to inform our 2016 report, Conversation Starters: Research Insights from Clinicians and Patients on Conversations about End-of-Life Care and Wishes. Through this research, we also found that many early advance care planning conversations are happening with people’s lawyers and financial planners rather than with their health care providers.

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