Advance care directives frequently written by someone other than the patient

About 18% have been completed by someone else, survey shows
Elderly patient

Nearly one-fifth of advance care directives for end-of-life care are completed by someone other than the patient, putting their legal validity in doubt, a new survey has revealed.

Last year, researchers examined the health records held at 15 GP clinics, 27 hospitals and 58 aged care facilities.