End of life decision making for life stage planning chapter one seeking an understanding of death in the united states there is growing interest among seniors and especially the baby boomers entering retirement years in the issue of autonomy at the end of life. Because advance directives are not yet the norm end of life decisions for patients without medical decision making capacity are made regularly within discussions between the patients physician . Planning the transition to end of life care in advanced cancer involves making decisions that can be challenging and emotionally distressing get information about likely topics and strategies to improve patient oncologist communication and decision making in this clinician summary. Or you might be used to a different approach to making healthcare decisions at the end of life than your medical team for example many healthcare providers look to a single person the dying person or his or her chosen representative for important healthcare decisions at the end of life. Redefining the planning in advance care planning preparing for end of life decision making rebecca l sudore md 1 and terri r fried md 2 1 division of geriatrics san francisco veterans affairs medical center and university of california san francisco
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