Minnesota's Health Care Directive law streamlines and strengthens the use and application of health care directives statewide. The new law replaced legislation guiding the use of living wills and durable power of attorney for health care forms. It clarifies all presumptions: that the health care directive is presumed to reflect the patient's wishes, that it is properly executed, that the patient was competent when the directive was written, and that the directive is legally sufficient unless there is clear evidence to the contrary.
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This online version of the book Improving Care for the End of Life: A Sourcebook for Health Care Managers and Clinicians is provided with permission of Americans for Better Care of the Dying [ www.abcd-caring.org ] and Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.
For further information on quality improvement in end-of-life care visit The Palliative Care Policy Center [ www.medicaring.org ].