What Is An Advance Directive?

An Advance Directive is a type of written or verbal instruction about health care to be followed if a person becomes unable to make decisions regarding his or her medical treatment. Because you prepare an Advance Directive when you are competent, it will be followed during periods of time when you lack capacity to make medical treatment decisions. There are several different types of Advance Directives, including a health care proxy, a living will, and a do not resuscitate (DNR) order. Each one of these is described in these FAQs.

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