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Contribution to improve advance directives in Portugal


MOJ Gerontology & Geriatrics
João Carlos Macedo

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Abstract

This article explains the state of Advance Directives (concerning living wills in case of inability to express one) in Portugal. It explores the causes of the low number of registered advance directives and proposes a standard form, one of the ways to increase citizen adherence.

Keywords

advance directive, living will, health care attorney, hydration measures, clinical evaluation, psychiatric illness, portuguese society, testament permitting death, termination of life

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