Letter to the Editor

Video Decision Aids in End-of-Life Care: Is There a Role with Older Adult Patients?

Authors: Rajesh Nair, BSc, MD

Abstract

To the Editor: Advance care planning (ACP) is a process that enables patients to make decisions about their future endof-life (EOL) care and provide directions to healthcare providers (HCPs) when a person is not in a position to communicate his or her own wishes. For the older adult with multiple comorbidities and cognitive impairments, understanding complex medical treatment and its likely impact on morbidity and mortality can be challenging.

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