Advance directives in patients with Alzheimer's disease. Ethical and clinical considerations.

@article{Vollmann2001AdvanceDI,
  title={Advance directives in patients with Alzheimer's disease. Ethical and clinical considerations.},
  author={Jochen Vollmann},
  journal={Medicine, health care, and philosophy},
  year={2001},
  volume={4 2},
  pages={161-7}
}
Advance patient directives are various forms of anticipatory medical directives made by competent individuals for the eventuality of future incompetence. They are therefore appropriate instruments for competent patients in the early stage of Alzheimer's disease to document their self-determined will in the advanced stages of dementia. Theoretical objections have been expressed against the concept of advance patient directives (problems of authenticity and identity) which, however, cannot negate… CONTINUE READING

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