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Prim Care. 1996 Mar;23(1):67-82.

The importance of advance directives in primary care.

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Department of Family Medicine, Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

Abstract

The advance directive has been acknowledged widely by patients and physicians as a desirable tool to promote patient autonomy at the end of life. Rates of completion of advance directives, however, remain low among all segments of the population. Significant patient and physician barriers to completion of advance directives are considered. Legal and ethical principles of advance directives, as well as some practical means of overcoming barriers to these important discussions, are reviewed.

PMID:
8900507
DOI:
10.1016/s0095-4543(05)70261-x
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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