The Completion Rate Of Advance Directives

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Within the past ten years, multiple studies have been conducted regarding the completion rates of advance directives. Topics discussed include structure, evolution, benefits and challenges of advance directives (Perkins, 2007; Castillo, Hooper, Sabatino, Weithermon & Sudore, 2011; Cohen, MCannon, Edgman-Levitan & Kormos, 2010; Halpern et. all, 2013; Johnson, Zhao, Newby & Granger, 2012;Later & King, 2007; Mickelsen, Bernstein, Marshal & Miles, 2013; Yoo, Nakagawa & Kim, 2013; Waite et. all, 2013; Watson, 2010). Through initial research the same articles also provided possible solutions and recommendations that could be used to improve advance directives education procedures. However, the data did not provide a guideline that instructed how to conduct patient education procedures for advance directives. Therefore, the discovered data will be used to develop a possible guideline. Advance directive structures vary from state to state, but all include two distinctive parts: health care treatment directive and the durable power of attorney (Later & King, 2007). The health care treatment directive is defined as a listing of procedures that the patient may choose to be completed in the preservation of their life or to not be done (Halpern et. all, 2013) Areas that are covered within this section include cardiopulmonary recessitation (CPR), and intubation CPR is used within the health care system as an intervention that is used when the patient’s heart stops. Labeled as do not
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