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Video Messages Clarify Patients’ Wishes for Critical Versus End-of-Life Care

February 17, 2017

(Eurekalert) – Adding a patient-created video testimonial to a living will or “POLST” form can help to prevent errors of interpretation regarding the choice between life-sustaining treatment or allowing natural death in critically ill patients, according to a study in the March Journal of Patient Safety. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.  “Interpretation errors are common with living wills and POLST forms,” commented Dr. Ferdinando L. Mirarchi of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Hamot, in Erie, Pa., lead author of the new report. “Our study shows that medical professionals are more likely to reach a consensus after viewing a video testimonial, proving that we can do better than paper forms alone.”

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