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Advance Directives

Advance Directives

Duke University School of Medicine
Katja Elbert-Avila, MPH, Anthony Galanos, MPH, Mitchell Heflin, MPH
John A. Hartford Foundation
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Members of the Duke University Medical Center Division of Geriatric Medicine offer a brief lecture on advance directives and practical instruction on communicating with older patients about their preferences for end of life care.

Educational objectives: 

Learners should be able to:

  1. Define and differentiate advance directives for health care, including instructional directives and health care proxies.
  2. Describe the legal and practical purposes of the various forms of advance directives.
  3. Describe the limitations of advance directives with respect to health care decision making at the end of life.
  4. Describe the process for completing a living will, health care power of attorney and do not resuscitate order and become familiar with the various forms for each.
  5. Develop skills in effectively and empathetically communicating with patients and family members in various situations, including healthy and sick patients, in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
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Numbers and types of learners: 20 medical students

Implementation Environment: teaching sessions during internal medicine clerkship

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  1. Review guidelines for conducting role play discussions, giving feedback for case discussions
  2. May need to reduce edit/reduce PowerPoint slides to allow time for discussion
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Already Expired Email Date: 
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 4:23pm
Already Expired Email 1 month date: 
Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 1:33am
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Friday, March 30, 2018 - 7:21am
Contact Person/Corresponding Author:
Katja Elbert-Avila

Suggested Citation:
Katja Elbert-Avila, Anthony Galanos and Mitchell Heflin. Advance Directives. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2007 Available from: