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Why Advance Directives Do Not Direct: A Researcher’s Perspective

January 2020

Featured in The Journal of Injury, Function and Rehabilitation: “Putting the Pieces Together: Advance Directives in the Rehabilitation Setting”

“In this ethics legal column, we explore advance directives (ADs), the prototypical means for individuals in the United States to document their wishes for future treatment or nontreatment… Susan P. Shapiro, PhD, is a Sociologist and Research Professor with the American Bar Foundation and the author of ‘Speaking for the Dying: Life-and-Death Decisions in Intensive Care’ (The University of Chicago Press 2019). Her piece draws on her ethnographic study and examines the utility of AD and the varied implementation issues that commonly arise in the health care setting.”