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May 12, 2021

Is Preoperative Consultation the Right Time for Advance Care Planning?

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  • 1Department of Surgical Oncology, Boston Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Surg. 2021;156(7):e211534. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2021.1534

Approximately one-third of older US patients have an advance directive,1 meaning that many patients will receive life-sustaining measures in acute situations by default.2 Advance care planning (ACP) improves concordance between patient goals and their subsequent care.

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