"There remains a disconnect between practice patterns regarding [end-of-life care] in different parts of the country. We still have a lot of distance to cover in terms of providing the level of sensitive, individualized care for the elderly and the ill in the U.S.," Powell said. "There can be benefits from advance directives, and also from providing appropriate care and not wasting money."
Learn more about advance directives from the American Academy of Family Physicians.
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