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If you haven't made an advance decision or advance statement, health professionals make decisions based on the "best interests" and medical needs of the patient, in consultation with those closest to the patient, such as his or her partner (there have, however, been anecdotal cases of same-sex partners being excluded from consultation or access to information, and even being denied the right to visit a partner in hospital).
AS PART of Dying Matters week, I am urging people to consider what treatment they would or would not like to receive at the end of life, and secondly to make their choices legally binding in an Advance Decision, sometimes known as a living will.
Making an Advance Decision will not only make it very clear to your medical team what you do and do not want to happen to you at the end of your life, but it will also give comfort to your loved ones to know that you are being treated in the way that you want.
The General Counsel of the Government Printing Office (GPO) has requested an advance decision under 31 U.
With headquarters in San Diego, HNC Software develops, markets, integrates and supports advance decision software solutions based on computational intelligence.
With headquarters in San Diego, HNC Software develops, markets, integrates, and supports advance decision software solutions based on computational intelligence.
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