Health Care Proxies and End of Life Care

Health Care ProxiesWhen faced with difficult end-of life care decisions, families and physicians sort through many issues — legal, ethical, medical and more. These resources can help families sort through their options.

  • Physician Focus Video
    End-of-Life Care - Advance Care Planning - Watch a video that discusses among the steps of advance care planning are the completion of such forms as a health care proxy and medical orders for life-sustaining treatment.
  • Planning Ahead What Are Your Options BrochurePlanning Ahead: What Are Your Choices? Brochure (.pdf, 2 pages)
    The MMS Committee on Geriatric Medicine presents a concise brochure to facilitate important yet difficult conversations about planning health care goals between patients, their families and health care providers. Brochure is in PDF format, 2 pages. 
  • MOLST- Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment
    Standardized forms and resources for physicians, hospitals and nursing homes to discuss, document  and communicate treatment decisions of a patient at the end of life.

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  • What Matters Most to You? Helping Patients, Families through the Final Stages of Illness October 1, 2014

    Vital Signs, October 2014 - As physicians we want to foster a culture where conversations about the patients’ current and future health care goals are embedded into their care.

  • Physician Focus: Planning for the End August 8, 2014

    Advance care planning is the term for the planning we do as our health care becomes complicated and as we need to make challenging decisions about our care, often towards the end of life. Planning becomes an integral part of most people’s lives at an early age, and most of us are always planning...

  • Massachusetts Moving to Online Death Certificates January 28, 2014

    Vital Signs February 2014 -- Beginning this spring, Massachusetts physicians will transition from the current paper-based death certificate to a web-based electronic death registration system.

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Health Care Proxies thumbnailA brochure to facilitate conversations about planning health care goals between patients, their families and health care providers. 

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