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Physicians Consider Patient Preferences -- and Other Issues-- When Making Care Decisions for Patients Unable to Do So Themselves
Sometimes hospitalized patients are unable to make decisions about their medical care. They may be unable to do so because they are seriously ill, have dementia, or are taking medications that interfere with decision-making, for example.
POLST Program Enables Patients to Document Wishes for Life-Sustaining Treatment New study Links Program to Lower Rates of Unwanted Hospitalization
Nursing home patients who participate in a program that enables them to record their wishes for life-sustaining treatment are far less likely to receive unwanted hospitalization and medical interventions than are other patients, say the researchers of a new multi-state study.
A growing number of Americans with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are now living long enough to reach their 60s, 70s, and beyond thanks to advances in medications and treatments.