Advance Directives

Connecticut

The Connecticut Department of Social Services provides a free downloadable Consolidated Health Care Instructions and Advance Directives Document, which includes all of the Advance Directives in one form:

  • Appointment of A Health Care Representative
  • Living Will and Health Care Instructions
  • Appointment of A Conservator
  • Organ Donation

The document is available in English and in Spanish, and also contains a summary of Connecticut law, Frequently Asked Questions, and directions for completion.

The Connecticut “Do Not Resuscitate” (DNR) Program has been run by the Connecticut chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (CCEP) since 1991. DNR bracelets are available through CCEP and must be ordered by a licensed physician or institution. Click here for more information.

AHRQ

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) offers a technical brief on decision aids for Advanced Care Planning.

From the AMA:

Physicians can play an important role in initiating and guiding the advance care planning process by making it a routine part of care for all patients, which is revisited regularly to explore any changes a patient may have in his or her wishes. This process ultimately can benefit patients; it can provide them with a sense of control and peace of mind with regard to their future health care. It is also advisable for physicians to do their own advance care planning.

It is important to support advance care planning decisions with formal documents, such as an advance directive. An advance directive might include a living will, through which a person indicates whether specific medical interventions would be desired, or a durable power of attorney for health care, whereby a patient designates a specific person to act as their agent for health care decisions in the event the patient is incapable of making such decisions.

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