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Advance directives are designed to outline a person's wishes and preferences in regard to medical treatments and interventions. Advance directives generally fall into three categories: living will, power of attorney, and health-care proxy.

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Terms related to Advance Medical Directives:

  • Health Care Proxy
  • Living Will
  • Power of Attorney