Adherence to advance directives

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7428.1407-a (Published 11 December 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1407

Advance directive needs to include additional elements

  1. George W Knox, retired general practitioner (george.knox@btopenworld.com)
  1. Burnham Overy Town, Norfolk PE31 8HU

    EDITOR—Those of us who have made advance directives can only be dismayed and concerned by Thompson et al's assumption that there will always be ambiguity.1 Firstly, doctors can strangely assume that patients might aspire to spend their last days demented in a residential home. Secondly, this assumption is enough to justify giving an antibiotic to prolong …

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