Doctors need to know more about advance directives

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7151.146a (Published 11 July 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:146
  1. Syed Zaman, Senior registrar,
  2. Timothy Battcock, Consultant physician
  1. Department of Medicine for the Elderly, Poole Hospital NHS Trust, Poole, Dorset BH15 2JB

    EDITOR—Doyal has written about the need for education and training of doctors about advance directives.1 Because of the Law Commission's proposal to give advance directives a statutory basis2 doctors must understand the legal implications.3 The BMA has published a code of practice to guide health professionals,4 but uncertainty still exists. At the BMA's conference in Brighton in 1996 a motion proposing that “advance directives should be specific and clearly defined” was …

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