Thomas E. Finucane, MD
To the Editors: I would like to report three kinds of unexpected problems that patients have encountered in trying to complete advance directives. Some elderly patients lead very isolated lives and are unable to identify a trusted confidante whom they are willing to designate with a durable power of attorney. The second is a bit more puzzling. Several patients have been unwilling, apparently due to embarrassment, to ask their neighbors simply to witness either a living will or a durable power of attorney. They seem to feel that discussing plans for their dying with neighbors and friends would be an
Finucane TE. Advance Directives. Ann Intern Med. ;116:348–349. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-116-4-348
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;116(4):348-349.
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