Advance directives in family practice

Can Fam Physician. 1993 May;39:1087-93.


Family physicians can play an important role in helping patients and their families to discuss life-sustaining treatments and to complete advance directives. This article reviews the legal status of, and empirical studies on, advance directives and addresses some important clinical questions about their use relevant to family practice.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Advance Directives* / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Attitude to Health
  • Canada
  • Communication
  • Decision Making
  • Family Practice / methods*
  • Government Regulation
  • Humans
  • Internationality
  • Judicial Role
  • Patient Education as Topic / methods
  • Physician's Role*