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Alternative names
Special medical power of attorney; Power of attorney; Verbal directions for future care; Durable medical power of attorney; DNR - do not resuscitate; Advanced care directives; Living will

Definition

Advanced care directives are specific instructions, prepared in advance, that are intended to direct a person’s medical care if he or she becomes unable to do so in the future.

see Advanced care directives

Johns Hopkins patient information

Last revised: December 4, 2012
by Janet G. Derge, M.D.

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