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Better Decision Making for Incapacitated Patients without Surrogates

Join me on Wednesday, September 21 at the North Dakota Long Term Care Association Fall Professional Development Conference.  

I will present  Better Decision Making for Incapacitated Patients without Surrogates.”

Roughly 1 in 20 long term care residents lacks capacity and has no available legally authorized
decision maker. How can and should LTC facilities and clinicians make treatment decisions for these individuals? 

This presentation first provides an overview of decision making capacity, surrogate decision making. It 
then evaluates the mechanisms for medical decision making when neither the patient nor any legally authorized substitute decision maker is available.

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