A Lesser Known Advanced Directive: ‘Do-Not-Hospitalize’

June 9, 2017

(US News & World Report) – Toward the end of life – particularly for some frail, older individuals with chronic conditions – hospitalizations can become more frequent.  While commonly these admissions are warranted, experts say, in some cases they don’t improve comfort and can instead be stressful, expose patients to more tests and procedures and, while possibly nominally increasing the length of a person’s life, not improve their quality of life.

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