medical directive

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medical directive

a general term for documents that provide direction on the type of care a person desires. See also advance directive, living will.
A specific and comprehensive advance care document developed for a person which addresses and tries to anticipate that person’s health care needs at the end of his life

medical directive

End-of-life decisions A specific and comprehensive advance care document–being developed for health care at the end of life. See Advance directive, Durable power of attorney, Living will.
Medical Directive–optimal components  
Introduction Provides an explanation of the document's purpose
Paradigmatic scenarios Provides examples that help the individual understand various illness circumstances and evaluate the types of life-sustaining interventions that might be employed; the PSs would–in theory–help the individual designate his/her preferences with respect to specific treatments
Proxy decision-maker Section provides details on who would make the decisions in the event of the individual becoming mentally incompetent
Organ donation Yes/no, what, to whom, for what
Personal statement The individual's 'wrap-up'
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End-of-life decisions in HIV positive patients: The role of spiritual beliefs.
He constructs a compelling case for the idea that most Americans--including patients and families, along with their doctors--cannot make rational end-of-life decisions because we are all struggling with a deep ambivalence about death.
The constant media coverage and political debate about physician-assisted suicide appears to have made people more comfortable discussing their own end-of-life decisions, whether or not they would ever contemplate suicide.
The constant media coverage and political debate about physician-assisted suicide appear to have made people more comfortable discussing their own end-of-life decisions, whether or not they would ever contemplate suicide.
The International Cemetery and Funeral Association (ICFA) has joined with the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) to develop a program encouraging family discussion about organ and tissue donation at the same time other end-of-life decisions are being made.
Our goal in this campaign is to make sure that Americans know how to exercise their legal rights in end-of-life decisions and make their rights a reality," said Dr.
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Nurses work collaboratively with the interdisciplinary team to advocate for the implementation of the patient's wishes ensuring that the patient and family have information, knowledge and support to come to consensus about end-of-life decisions.