The term "Advance Directives" refers to treatment preferences and the designation of a surrogate decision- maker in the event that a person should become unable to make medical decisions on her or his own behalf. Advance directives generally fall into three categories: living will, power of attorney, and health care proxy.
Links to the web sites of policymakers who will most likely shape the future of aging research. Find out about their positions on issues that affect research being conducted today in the laboratory and on research that will be conducted in the future.
a new report from the Institute of Medicine, synthesizes the strategies and action plans developed by a diverse array of national and community health care leaders at a summit on improving the quality of care convened Jan. 6-7 by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Participants at the first annual Crossing the Quality Chasm Summit discussed strategies for improving patient care and offered specific guidance at both the community and national levels for overcoming the challenges that hamper achieving high-quality care provision and the patient-centered health care system envisioned in the landmark 2001 IOM report, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century.
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