Advance care directives are not always helpful

Adrian M J Pokorny
Med J Aust 2014; 200 (5): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.11366
Published online: 17 March 2014

Universal advance care directives may not alleviate the current difficulties surrounding end-of-life discussions

  • Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, NSW.

Competing interests:

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  • 3. Snow D. At the very heart of life and death. Sydney Morning Herald 2013; 26 Oct. (accessed Jan 2014).


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