Wednesday, March 23, 2005

A Piece Of Paper Could Have Solved Terri Schiavo Issue

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The chaos that surrounds the Terri Schiavo situation could have been avoided if only a simple form was filled out.

According to Rhode-Island-based physician Dr. Joshua Kreiss, a form called the Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care would have eliminated any confusion in Schiavo’s end-of-life wishes.

The form outlines the wishes of a person if they are to ever be in a situation when they don’t have the mental ability to make a decision about their health.

Unfortunately, Schiavo’s case is not rare at all. Dr. Kreiss says under 10 percent of the patients he treats actually possess some kind of written statement indicating whether or not they want treatment withheld under these dire circumstances.

He figures most people avoid filling out an end-of-life contract because “the subject of dying is very uncomfortable for most people to even discuss.”

Still, he believes Schiavo’s plight will now inspire people to make their end-of-life care wishes known in writing to their physicians and families.

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