Ambiguity on advance directives may result in undesired treatment

A recent study “Decisions by Default: Incomplete and Contradictory POLST in Emergency Care” found that 69% of patient forms regarding life sustaining treatments  were incomplete.  Consequently, the study’s authors want to bring awareness to patients and physicians.  A lack of and/or contradictory information can lead a physician to default to the most aggressive treatment. Patients need to be clear and complete. In addition, doctors need to educate patients and discuss any discrepancies.

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