The Patient Self Determination Act of 1990 ͞mandates that all institutions receiving Medicare and Medicaid funding inform patients of their right to accept or refuse medical treatment through an advance directive͟. The purpose of advanced directives is to provide healthcare providers with a legal document used to carry out a patient’s medical wishes, should they become incapacitated and are no longer able to communicate their wishes or no longer are of sound mind and body. This course outlines the legal and ethical responsibilities of the healthcare staff regarding Advance Directives described from the patient and caregivers perspectives. It also covers the types and formats of various Advance Directives along with examples and the practical application of this fundamental patient right.
Tedd Gottis, JD., Brian Williams, MBA
15 minValid for 24 monthsCreated 2018-07-20Updated 2020-05-08