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For the analysis, published in the July issue of Health Affairs, researchers reviewed 150 studies published from 2011 to 2016 that reported on the proportion of adults who completed advance directives, focusing on living wills and health care power-of-attorney documents

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In a perfect world, patients with advance directives would be confident that their doctors and nurses — no matter where they receive care — could know in a split second their end-of-life wishes

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The words had been written by Vincent himself in blue ballpoint, in a hand that was just beginning to show its age — a little wobbly but steady enough and still clear. “To any doctor who will take care of me in the future,” it read, “I want you to do EVERYTHING in your power to keep me alive AS LONG AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN!”

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Pulling The Plug

April 18, 2012

Patient advocate and advance care planning pioneer Myra Christopher shares the background and personal motivation behind a ‘cultural change’ in medicine

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