Advance health directives : competing perceptions, intentions and use by patients and doctors in Queensland

Willmott, Lindy, White, Benjamin P., Tilse, Cheryl, Wilson, Jill, & Purser, Kelly (2013) Advance health directives : competing perceptions, intentions and use by patients and doctors in Queensland. QUT Law Review, 13(1), pp. 30-51.

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This paper reports on mixed method empirical research undertaken with individuals who have completed advance health directives (‘principals’) and doctors who have either attested to the principal’s capacity when the document was completed or been called upon to use these documents in clinical settings. Principals and doctors appear to have different understandings of the purpose of these documents and their role in decision-making about medical treatment. We recommend changes to the advance health directive form in Queensland to promote informed decision-making which will help to better align perceptions of principals and doctors about the role of these documents.

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ID Code: 63217
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Adult guardianship, Advance health directive, Advance directive, Health law, Medical law
ISSN: 2201-7275
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Aged Health Care (111702)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Law and Society (180119)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Health Law Research
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 09 Oct 2013 23:18
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2013 05:58

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