There is a disconnect between a health system's needs for documentation and a patient and family's need for information about treatments and prognosis and support making medical decisions, writes Dr. Rebecca Sudore of the University of California, San Francisco. A new website called PREPARE, being launched in January, will provide information to patients and families that advance directives do not include to help them identify their values, communicate with physicians and make informed medical decisions, according to Sudore.

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