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Majority of Marylanders without advance medical directives
Date:2/17/2010

rectives include improved quality at the end-of-life, fewer burdens on family and health care providers, and a reduced need for life-sustaining treatment. Lead study author Keshia Pollack, PhD, MPH, an assistant professor with the Department of Health Policy and Management and the centers for Injury Research and Policy and Health Disparities Solutions, added "These findings suggest a disconnect between what people want in the event they are unable to make medical decisions for themselves, and their actions to ensure their preferences are actually carried out."

Pollack and colleagues administered a population-based cross-sectional telephone survey to 1,195 adult Maryland residents. In addition to being asked whether they have an advance directive, respondents were asked where they had received information on them, and where they would like to receive such information. "While these results are specific to Maryland, they are relevant to other areas of the country with the factors that lead to or hinder completion of advance directives," said Pollack.

Morhaim initiated this research project in order to better understand the public's perception regarding advance directives and to identify potential policy solutions. He has collaborated with Pollack on other projects, and she has volunteered on his staff for several years assisting with various public health policy issues.


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