Objective.-Wider use of written advance directives may prevent many ethical dilemmas about life-sustaining interventions for patients who have lost decision-making capacity.
We investigated whether a simple educational intervention increased patient completion of the durable power of attorney for health care.
Setting.-A health maintenance organization.
Subjects.-All patients aged 65 years and older and discharged from a hospital between January 1991 and May 1991 (n=1101) were randomized to either an intervention group or a control group.
Intenention.-An educational pamphlet on the durable power of attorney for health care and a durable power of attorney for health care form were mailed to all patients in the intervention group.
Mots-clés Pascal : Vieillard, Californie, Malade, Consentement éclairé, Communication information, Prise décision, Ethique, Législation, Réanimation, Homme, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Elderly, California, Patient, Informed consent, Information communication, Decision making, Ethics, Legislation, Resuscitation, Human, United States, North America, America
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 94-0227122
Code Inist : 002B30A09. Création : 199406.