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J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2006;34(1):58-60.

Commentary: Psychiatric advance directives as tools for enhancing treatment of the mentally ill.

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  • 1Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.


In this issue of the Journal, Swanson et al. explore the demand for and utilization of psychiatric advance directives (PADs), and discuss some of the barriers to their greater acceptance. This author suggests that PADs may be more widely accepted and utilized if they are viewed as tools for maximizing individual autonomy, with an emphasis on optimizing rather than merely restricting care.

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