Health Care Proxies and End of Life Care
When 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
- 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 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.