Advance directives

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Different types of advance directives invite varying interpretation from emergency care professionals. As informed consent of a patient is not always possible to procure in emergency situations, advance directives can provide useful guidelines for clinicians' decision-making processes regarding individual patient care. Specifically communicated instructions establish a course of aggressive or nonaggressive treatment, while general wishes leave the emergency department physician to assume an innate understanding of individual patients while undertaking an active role in decision-making for that patient's care. This article explores the relationship between advance care directives and the emergency department.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)519-526
Number of pages8
JournalEmergency medicine clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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