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Module 10: Advance Directives

Upon completion of this module, the resident should be able to:

  1. Define advance care planning and explain its importance.
  2. Describe the steps of advance care planning.
  3. Utilize a systematic process to establish treatment goals and related interventions.
  4. Describe the role of patient, proxy, clinicians and others in the process of advance care planning.
  5. Describe different types of advance directives and identify their respective advantages and disadvantages.
  6. Describe critical legal and ethical milestones in the evolution of advance care planning and advance directives.

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Additional Resources  This website of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization has a link that enables patients or caregivers to download state-specific advance directives.  This article by an attorney, Charles Sabatino, succinctly sums up the legal myths surrounding advance directives and their usage.  This website of the National Kidney Foundation is an excellent general resource on advance directives with specific information regarding dialysis and advance directives.  This is the website of one of the oldest “death and dying” organizations in the world, Compassion in Dying.  It contains useful information on advance directives and also directs readers to state-specific resources.

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Module: 10 ETHICSMOD-10 Advance Directives Posttest Available  

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