Psychiatric advance directives: Practical, legal, and ethical issues


Journal Article

Psychiatric Advance Directives are relatively new legal tools that allow competent persons to consent or refuse mental health treatment and designate a proxy decision maker in advance of a mental health crisis, during which they may lose capacity to make healthcare decisions. Psychiatric Advance Directives hold the promise of improving care during mental health crises but also raise a number of clinical, legal, and ethical issues. This article provides an illustration and critical analysis of issues raised by Psychiatric Advance Directives. © 2004 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Swartz, MS; Swanson, JW; Elbogen, EB

Published Date

  • December 1, 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 4 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 97 - 107

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1522-8932

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1300/J158v04n04_07

Citation Source

  • Scopus