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Keywords

Advanced directive, Community-based programs, Critical care unit, Do-not-resuscitate orders

 

Authors

  1. Robinson, Ruthie RN, PhD, FAEN, CEN
  2. Eagen, Mary K. MS, MA, RN, NEA-BC
  3. Price, Tammy J. RN

Abstract

Less than 25% of Americans have completed an advance directive. This article lists some of the barriers to why people do not have advanced directives and concludes with a description of a program by one hospital to educate the public about the importance of these documents.