At a 1990 Senate finance subcommittee hearing on the Patient Self Determination Act, Senator Danforth testified: "I think that if many people were shown video tapes 10 years before of how they are going to spend the last months of their lives, they would have said, 'Please, do not let this happen to me.'"
More than two decades later, Senator Danforth has been proven right. Patients shown advance care planning videos better appreciate their options and opt for less aggressive treatment.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Videos Help Patients Align Treatment and Preferences
Thaddeus Mason Pope is Director of the Health Law Institute and Professor of Law and at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota. <> <> He is also an Adjunct Professor with the Australian Centre for Health Law Research at Queensland University of Technology; Adjunct Associate Professor with the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College; and Visiting Professor of Medical Jurisprudence at St. Georges University. <> <> Professor Pope is an internationally recognized expert in bioethics and medical ethics. He has over 120 publications in: leading medical journals, law reviews, bar journals, nursing journals, bioethics journals, and book chapters. He also coauthors the definitive 1500-page treatise The Right to Die: The Law of End-of-Life Decisionmaking.