Dr. Carmody addresses the issue of obtaining consent for procedures with advance directives and making sure that a person's values, goals and preferences are documented.
“Do the patients understand the risks and benefits, what this might mean for them in the long run? Is the health literacy taken into consideration appropriately?” she says. “Does the patient understand this might mean they will be under dependent care for the rest of their life, that they may never be able to play golf or go to church again?”
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