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 Schiavos end-of-life wishes.
The form outlines the wishes of a person if they are to ever be in a situation when they dont have the mental ability to make a decision about their health.
Unfortunately, Schiavos 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 Schiavos 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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