The psychologist's role in assessing and facilitating patients' knowledge of advance directives in medical settings

A preliminary investigation

Douglas E Johnson-Greene, Cheryl M. Anderson, Kenneth M. Adams, Henry A. Buchtel, Todd Miller, Michael Dehring

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Abstract

In a time of budgetary shortfalls in the medical industry, an aging population, and an increased emphasis on health care choices, psychologists are being called upon to administer advance medical directive programs to patients. This study reports preliminary findings from a program to assess and facilitate patients' knowledge of advance directives (ADs) by the Psychology Service at the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center. The participant pool included 243 male veteran patients admitted to medical and surgical wards at the hospital. The intervention included the use of a computer-generated prompt for consultation, which was sent to the psychology staff in response to a patient inquiry regarding ADs. It also involved an increased emphasis on the delivery of written material on ADs by the admissions clerks. The intervention appeared to result in a modest increase in patients' knowledge of advance directives. Suggestions are offered for areas that should be emphasized in future attempts to increase patients' knowledge and utilization of advance directives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-113
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings
Volume3
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 1996
Externally publishedYes

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  • Education
  • Health choices
  • Illness
  • Knowledge

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The psychologist's role in assessing and facilitating patients' knowledge of advance directives in medical settings : A preliminary investigation. / Johnson-Greene, Douglas E; Anderson, Cheryl M.; Adams, Kenneth M.; Buchtel, Henry A.; Miller, Todd; Dehring, Michael.

In: Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, Vol. 3, No. 2, 01.12.1996, p. 103-113.

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