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  • Perceptions of Advance Directive Formats-A Pilot Study Rochester, Minn.

    Rates of advance directive completion among Americans, even those suffering from serious chronic illness, are notoriously poor. Moreover, the contents of completed advance directives are often difficult to interpret in the face of a medical crisis. This study aims to determine patient, surrogate and physician perceptions of a standard advance directive as contrasted with a novel, electronic and interactive directive. Renal dialysis patients have been selected as a patient population with limited life expectancy, frequent hospitalizations, and low rates of advance directive completion.