Effect of patients' reasons for refusing treatment on implementing psychiatric advance directives.

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Journal Article

Clinicians have raised concerns that psychiatric advance directives may be used to refuse all treatment. However, people writing psychiatric advance directives can explicitly state their reasoning underlying treatment decisions. This study examined whether patients' reasons for refusing treatment influenced clinician decision making about implementing psychiatric advance directives.A total of 597 mental health professionals completed a questionnaire that presented two scenarios: one in which the patient wrote a psychiatric advance directive refusing all medication because of paranoid delusions and one in which the patient wrote a psychiatric advance directive refusing all medication because of concerns about side effects.Twenty-two percent of clinicians reported that they would respect the former psychiatric advance directive, whereas 72% reported that they would respect the latter. After multivariate regression was used, the reason for treatment refusal remained the single significant predictor of clinicians' decision to honor a patient's psychiatric advance directive.Results show reasons for treatment refusal in psychiatric advance directives are likely to affect clinicians' decisions to implement the directives.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wilder, CM; Elbogen, EB; Swartz, MS; Swanson, JW; Van Dorn, RA

Published Date

  • October 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 58 / 10

Start / End Page

  • 1348 - 1350

PubMed ID

  • 17914014

Pubmed Central ID

  • 17914014

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1557-9700

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1075-2730

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1176/ps.2007.58.10.1348

Language

  • eng