PAD Stories

"This time, with a PAD, I did not receive any treatments that I did not want. They were very respectful.  I really felt like the hospital took better care of me because I had my PAD. In fact, I think it's the best care that I've ever received."

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What impact will this law have?

Reviews of the impact of this federal law are mixed.  Advance directives are typically more advocated than used, although receiving information on advance directives appears to have an impact on individuals' interest in obtaining a directive.  Facilities generally comply with requirements, but few document in the record if the individual has an advance directive.  There is little in the way of public education and communication between individuals and doctors falters in this regard.