A DEMENTIA-SPECIFIC ADVANCE DIRECTIVE: MEDICAL, LEGAL, AND ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS

Other Session

  • Date:
  • Time: 8:15am - 9:15am
  • Track: Ethics
  • Location: Portland Ballroom 256-257
  • CME/CE: 1.0 - AMA Credits, AAFP Prescribed Credits, CMD Management Credits, Nursing Credits

Sponsored by the Ethics Committee

Moderator: Ramona Rhodes, MD, MPH, MSCS

This session will focus on the legal, ethical, and clinical complexities associated with advance care planning for patients with dementia and possible ways to address those issues. Learning Objectives: (1) identify some of the legal ramifications and complexities associated with a dementia- specific advance directive; (2) identify how this form of advance directive intersects with ethical principles including patient autonomy, beneficence, nonmaleficence, and justice; (3) discuss the components of decision making capacity evaluation and review various laws related to patient or residents’ rights in this regard; and (4) discuss specific ethical dilemmas related to advance care planning in this population.

Death with Dignity: The Legality of a Dementia Living Will
Debra G. Simms, MSSW, JD

The Ethical Implications of a Dementia-Specific Advance Directive
Daniel P. Sulmasy, MD, PhD

Interpretation of Advance Directives for Patients with Dementia: An Overview
Verna R. Sellers, MD, MPH, CMD, AGSF