Patient Self-Determination Act(redirected from PSDA)
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Patient Self-Determination Act
an act mandating that individuals enrolled in health care facilities are informed on admission in writing of their rights to formulate advance directives and to consent to or refuse treatment.
Patient Self-Determination ActAn act that requiring health professionals reimbursed by Medicare/Medicaid to inform Pts of their legal rights to refuse treatment and prepare advance directives. See Advance directive, DNR, Durable power of attorney, Living will, Right-to-die movement.
Patient Self-Determination Act,
A 1991 act of the U.S. Congress that preserves individual rights to decisions related to personal survival. There are several methods for preserving autonomy: filing appropriate forms for durable power of attorney for health care, making a living will, or giving a directive to the physician.