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The Dead Donor Rule in Organ Transplantation

Truog, Robert D., M.D., and Miller, Franklin G., Ph.D., 2008

The authors challenge the honesty and accuracy of the dead donor rule. They strongly suggest that it is used as a euphemism, and that the time has come to face the relationship between the moment of death and life-saving organ donation. Reprinted courtesy of The New England Journal of Medicine.


Spouses' Effectiveness as End-of-Life Health Care Surrogates: Accuracy, Uncertainty, and Errors of Overtreatment or Undertreatment

Moorman, Sara M., MS, and Carr, Deborah, Ph.D., 2008

Spouses acting as surrogates also have a surprisingly inaccurate grasp of what their spouses wishes really are. The authors explore ways in which clinicians can increase that correlation. Reprinted courtesy of The Gerontologist.


Stability and Change in Patient Preferences

Pruchno et. al., 2008

Some treatment choices using advance directives are more stable over time than others. The authors explore ways in which that correlation can be enhanced. Reprinted courtesy of The Journal of Gerontology.


5 Wishes

Aging with Dignity, 2011

You can get a free, complete "Sample" of the popular "Five Wishes" form on this site by clicking here. This is a good worksheet to enable you to state your preferences in this order: The Person I Want to Make Care Decisions for Me When I Can't; The Kind of Medical Treatment I Want or Don't Want; How Comfortable I Want to Be; How I Want People to Treat Me; and What I Want My Loved Ones to Know.


For a clean, final form with no "Sample" watermark, get one from the authors for $5.00, by clicking here. You can also download more relevant information from that site.


The Accuracy of Surrogate Decision Makers

Shalowitz et. al., 2006

Surrogates have a surprisingly inaccurate grasp of what their patients wishes really are. The authors explore ways in which clinicians can increase that correlation. Reprinted courtesy of the American Medical Association.


Terri Schiavo—A Tragedy Compounded

Quill, Timothy, M.D., 2005

Distortion by interest groups, media hyperbole, and manipulative use of videotape have characterized this case and demonstrate what can happen when a patient be-comes more a precedent-setting symbol than a unique human being. Reprinted courtesy of The New England Journal of Medicine.