Do Advance Directives Direct?

  title={Do Advance Directives Direct?},
  author={Susan P. Shapiro},
  journal={Journal of health politics, policy and law},
  volume={40 3},
  • S. Shapiro
  • Published 1 June 2015
  • Medicine
  • Journal of health politics, policy and law
Resolution of long-standing debates about the role and impact of advance directives - living wills and powers of attorney for health care - has been hampered by a dearth of appropriate data, in particular data that compare the process and outcomes of end-of-life decision making on behalf of patients with and without advance directives. Drawing on a large ethnographic study of patients in two intensive care units in a large urban teaching hospital, this article compares aspects of the medical… 

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