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Do advance care directives improve acute care services for older people?

Andrew W Holt and Alnis E Vedig
Med J Aust 2006; 185 (7): 406.
Published online: 2 October 2006

To the Editor: Recent articles in the Journal by Kurrle1 and Finn and colleagues2 referred to advance care directives aiding the management of acute illness in elderly residents of aged care facilities. It is our experience that these directives are often unhelpful in elderly patients and, outside certain progressive medical conditions, can result in triage of elderly patients to inappropriate lower levels of care.

  • Andrew W Holt
  • Alnis E Vedig

  • Department of Critical Care Medicine, Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, SA.

Correspondence: abholt@chariot.net.au

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