Advance Directive

Definition

Health Economics

  • An advance directive instructs doctors and other health care professionals orally or in writing about the kind of care a person wishes to receive in the event of their being unable to specify it in person (as when in a coma). It can specify both what treatments are wanted as well as those that are not. 'Living wills' are instructional advance directives about treatment desired if incapacitated, proxy advance directives designate another person (agent) as a surrogate for the principal. They are also known as durable (or lasting) powers of attorney.
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