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Terminology for Surrogate Decision-Making Varies Widely by State

Mathew, Sharon; Gershengorn, Hayley; Hua, May

Often, health care decisions, particularly those at the end-of-life, are made by surrogate decision-makers. In the US, statutes pertaining to decision-making are state-specific, and a recent study found significant variability in both statutory ordering of surrogates and procedures to establish decision-makers. Consequently, we sought to examine current state-level variability in terminology and accessibility of AD forms.


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Journal of Palliative Medicine

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June 3, 2019


This is a pre-print of a letter to the editor published in Journal of Palliative Medicine, August 2018.

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