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Advance Directives: Educating via Learning Modules

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Title:Advance Directives: Educating via Learning Modules
Authors:Lovell, Joyce
Contributors:Thompson Pagan, Joan (instructor)
Ayers-Kawakami, Jeanette (instructor)
Keywords:advance directive
advance health care planning
Medical care
advance health care directive
Medical personnel
show 3 morehealth care agent
health care surrogate
end of life
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Date Issued:28 May 2019
Abstract:Advance directives are legal documents that express an individual’s medical choices for life-sustaining treatment when the individual cannot speak for himself. A health care agent is someone who will execute the medical choices when the individual is incapacitated. The documents must be completed when the individual is of clear mind. Without an advance directive, the medical staff must do everything to prolong life. It is important to have an advance directive speak for you when you cannot. It is well-known that families suffer when forced to make life and death decisions. An advance directive will alleviate the stressful decisional-burdens associated with the end-of-life phase. In other words, an individual can reduce their family’s suffering by completing an advance directive which will allow an individual’s end-of-life wishes to be known. Despite the availability of advance directives and end-of-life planning resources, completion rates for advance directives remain low with less than 25% of Americans completing advance directives. It has been found that interactive education increases an individual’s drive and comprehension of the subject matter. The aim of this Practice Inquiry Project (PIP) was to create an electronic learning module that would increase an individual’s understanding of advance directives, their uses, their importance, and to increase the motivation needed to complete the said documents.
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