Psychiatric advance directives: a tool for consumer empowerment and recovery.


Journal Article

Individuals with psychiatric disabilities identify choice and self-direction as central elements of recovery. During times of psychiatric crisis people may experience a frightening loss of choice and self-direction, which can be damaging and traumatic. Psychiatric advance directives (PADs) are legal documents created to address this loss of autonomy and choice during crises by allowing individuals to communicate in the present wishes for care during a future crisis. This paper examines the ways in which PADs support and can be a tool for recovery and discusses future recovery-oriented directions for PAD research and intervention.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Scheyett, AM; Kim, MM; Swanson, JW; Swartz, MS

Published Date

  • 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 31 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 70 - 75

PubMed ID

  • 17694718

Pubmed Central ID

  • 17694718

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1095-158X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2975/31.1.2007.70.75


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States