Advance Decision

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Advance Decision

A UK term for a verbal or written statement by an individual which delineates medical treatments that he/she does not want, if in the future he or she loses the capacity to make informed decisions.
Requirements, advance decision Person must be 18 or older; delineate exactly which treatments are not wanted in the future (if the person does not want any form of life-saving treatment, that decision must be signed and witnessed); explain the circumstances under which the person making the advance decision would want to refuse treatment; made the decision without duress or undue influence; and not subsequently say or do something that would contradict the advance decision since it was made.
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On health, "living wills" will be legal allowing patients to make an advance decision to refuse treatment.
Controversial 'living wills' allowing patients to make an advance decision to refuse treatment are to be introduced as part of reforms to mental health laws.
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