Advance directives for medical care

R. J. Miller, K. Scissors, E. W. Lariviere, L. Forrow, E. Gogel, E. Thomas, M. Danis, L. I. Southerland, J. M. Garrett, J. L. Smith, F. Hielema, C. G. Pickard, D. M. Egner, D. L. Patrick, L. L. Emanuel, M. J. Barry, J. D. Stoeckle, L. M. Ettelson, E. J. Emanuel

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To the Editor:. Even if a person diligently fills out a detailed document specifying advance directives for medical care, many of the choices made may be very poor ones and probably should not be honored. In the study by Danis et al. (March 28 issue),1 19 percent of the patients stated they would want cardiopulmonary resuscitation even if they were permanently unconscious, and in the paper by Emanuel et al. in the same issue,2 10 percent of those surveyed said they would want cardiopulmonary resuscitation even if they were in a persistent vegetative state. One wonders whether the patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1254-1256
Number of pages3
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number17
StatePublished - Oct 24 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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