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Advance Directives Help Assure End-of-Life Wishes Are Honored
Date:3/31/2010

ess that begins by clarifying the patient's current health status, moves to elicitation of the goals of care, and then designates a proxy to work with clinicians and interpreting and implementing these goals."

She suggests a better way to begin these discussions might be to show people short videos of potential medical scenarios so they have a better understanding of the procedures.

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SOURCES: Maria J. Silveira, M.D., M.P.H., clinician/scientist, Veterans Affairs Center for Clinical Management Research, and assistant professor of internal medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Muriel Gillick, M.D., clinical professor, department of population medicine, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute and Harvard Medical School, Boston; April 1, 2010, New England Journal of Medicine


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