The Patient Self-Determination Act

Ronald B. Miller, Alan D. Lieberson, Mark Rosenberg, John la Puma, Felicia Miedema, Susan M. Wolf, Philip Boyle, Daniel Callahan, Joseph J. Fins, Bruce Jennings, James Lindemann Nelson, Jeremiah A. Barondess, Dan W. Brock, Rebecca Dresser, Linda Emanuel, Sandra Johnson, John Lantos, Dacosta R. Mason, Mathy Mezey, David OrentlicherFenella Rouse

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To the Editor: The Patient Self-Determination Act, discussed by Wolf et al. (Dec. 5 issue),* makes it likely that health care providers will have knowledge of the existence of an advance directive for care, but it does not ensure knowledge of its contents, Thus, health care professionals need to be relentless in requesting a copy of the directive, and pending receipt of it they should ask the patient detailed questions about treatment preferences and obtain the names and addresses of preferred and alternative proxies to be documented in the record. It is desirable to document the date of the…

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1501-1503
Number of pages3
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number22
StatePublished - May 28 1992

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