Implementation of Advance Directive and Informed Consent in Long-Term Care: Surveyor Learning Module
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In today's long-term care (LTC) environment, elderly residents are frequently being asked to make end-of-life healthcare decisions, through the use of advance directives. Despite legal supports and general supports (e.g., pamphlets and staff to explain resident rights) for an individual's right to self-determination, implementation of these directives are often complex and confusing. This article addresses the use of advance directives in LTC and provide information concerning: the evolution of an individual's right to consent to or decline medical treatment; problems associated witll the implementation of the various types of advance directives for healthcare; and methods that can be used to avoid these problems.