Advance Statement

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A statement made by an adult at a time when he/she has the capacity to decide for himself/herself about the treatments he/she wishes to accept or refuse, in circumstances in the future when he/she is no longer able to make decisions or communicate his/her preferences
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Furthermore, health boards and local authorities should jointly promote the use and benefits of advance statements or advance directives, where appropriate, to help clarify the role of a carer when a person become unwell.
Contrasted are different approaches of advance statements, advocacy, best interest practice, and risk management, as well as reconciling human rights of the mentally ill with law regarding mental incapacity.
Patients are asked to write advance statements about what treatment they would prefer or what they would like to avoid if they become ill again and can't make their own decisions.
The commission have produced a series of short films featuring people with first-hand experience of advance statements.
The real-world uptake of PADs has been limited, despite the impetus of the PSDA, PAD legislation in 25 states, and the fact that all states allow advance statements for mental health in their health care decisions laws.
Fourth, various methods of declaring advance statements should be examined.
Individual chapters within Part 2 investigate controlling symptoms and prolonging life (Chapter 5), resuscitation and advance statements (Chapter 6), assessment and treatment of psychosocial and spiritual problems (Chapter 7), and resource allocation (Chapter 8).
The House of Lords Select Committee on medical ethics has concluded that 'it could well be impossible to give advance statements in general greater legal force without depriving patients of the doctor's professional expertise and of new treatments and procedures which may become available since the directive was signed.
In April, the British Medical Association (BMA) responded to the urging of the House of Lords Committee on Medical Ethics by publishing a new Code of Practice for health professionals, Advance Statements about Medical Treatment.
A High Court judge has suggested that people should be compelled to make "living wills" - advance statements of wishes in the event of serious incapacitating illness.
More information is available in an information sheet called Advance Decisions, Advance Statements And Living Wills which you can obtain from your local Age Concern or online at http://www.
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).