- A psychiatric advance directive (PAD) is a legal document that documents a person’s preferences for future mental health treatment, and allows appointment of a health proxy to interpret those preferences during a crisis.
- PADs may be drafted when a person is well enough to consider preferences for future mental health treatment.
- PADs are used when a person becomes unable to make decisions during a mental health crisis.
Quick Safety Issue 53: Improving care with psychiatric advance directives
“Patient-centered quality care provided to individuals suffering from mental illness — especially when in crisis — can be significantly enhanced by completing and using a psychiatric advance directive (PAD), also called a mental health advance directive.”