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A Policy Analysis of the Patient Self-Determination Act of 1990
by Wagner, Leanna, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 49; 10784173
Abstract (Summary)

This is a policy analysis of the Patient Self-Determination Act of 1990 which aimed to improve access and education of Advance Health Care Directives (ADs). ADs are in the form of durable power of attorneys and living wills that communicate a patient’s decisions concerning life sustaining treatment. The policy has three objectives, first that health care staff are required to educate patients on ADs and to follow such documentation when treating patients. Second, the policy calls for the Federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to educate the United States population on the benefits and need for ADs. Lastly, it required states to create and implement their own laws concerning end-of-life treatments and the use of ADs. This analysis focuses on the impact of the policy on patient self-determination, informed consent and quality-of-life.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Santhiveeran, Janaki
Commitee: Kim, Mimi, Ranney, Molly
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work, School of
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 57/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work
Keywords: Advance care planning, Advance directive, End of life treatment, Medical social work, Patient self-determination, Policy analysis
Publication Number: 10784173
ISBN: 978-0-438-02434-2
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