Tools for planning end of life care are varied, untested – study

The experts agreed that advanced care planning is important and the best advice right now is to do a little exploring, try a few different decision aids and see what works for you.

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“I believe strongly that these decision tools can be helpful for folks and that they should try one or more different ones to see what works,” said Dr. Michael Green of Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey. He and Levi helped develop “Making Your Wishes Known,” one of the interactive web tools included in the review.

“I think everybody should explore this, not just sick people,” Green told Reuters Health. “If someone is sick and comes to the hospital, the default position is to do everything.”

“In many cases that’s the right call, but in some cases it’s not and what a shame and a waste and a tragedy if people undergo unnecessary unwanted treatment because there is no directive,” Levi said. (Reuters)[eap_ad_3]

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