April 27, 2015
Advance Directives Discussions Provide an Opportunity to Engage Patients
Health IT Outcomes — Opening a dialogue between patients and physicians can make end-of-life treatment less stressful for both the provider and patient.
National Healthcare Decisions Day – held earlier this month – is a day devoted to advance directives or recording one’s end of life care wishes. According the numbers, a week or more may be needed to achieve that goal. Emmi Solutions reports studies have shown only 12 percent of patients with an advance directive had received input from their physician in its development, and between 65 and 76 percent of physicians whose patients had an Advance Directive were not aware it existed. Read full article