When patients lose decision-making capacity, others must make surrogate decisions on their behalf. What counts as a surrogate decision might seem self-evident. But as clinician-researchers in the field of advance care planning, we have found that it is not always so clear-cut. In this paper, we describe how and why this is a matter of concern, a novel approach for assessing whether a surrogate decision occurred, and findings from this assessment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-132
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)


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