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 is the Federal Patient Self Determination Act?

The Federal Patient Self Determination Act  (enacted in 1990) addresses the rights of health (including mental health) care users to stipulate in advance how they would like to be treated by health care providers when they are incapacitated.  These wishes can be articulated by consumers in a specific document (an advance directive) or by appointing someone as a health care agent to speak for them.