proxy directive


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proxy directive

(prok′sē)
A form of advanced directive that specifies the person or persons who have power of attorney to make health care decisions for the patient if he or she is no longer competent to make choices.
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If the patient does not have a court-appointed guardian and has a valid proxy directive, the proxy will be the patient's surrogate decision-maker as established by the directive.
For all participants, dependent measures included attitudes toward end-of-life planning, comfort with end-of-life planning, knowledge about the health care proxy directive, and knowledge about the role of the agent.
The proxy directive, generally a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care (DPAHC), allows for the designation of a surrogate medical decision maker of the patient's choosing.