Without family, who can help patients with advance directives?

09/24/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Patients who do not have family or close friends to designate as medical decision-making surrogates can create a care committee to help them make end-of-life care decisions, Paula Span writes. Many states have laws against patients asking their physicians or other professional caregivers to become their proxy, however proxies can be chosen from other professions, including lawyers and social workers.

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