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Press Release Archive (2016)

April 16th: National Healthcare Decisions Day

Advance care planning, or advance directives — letting your family and caregivers know how you want your care to be conducted in the event you can't speak for yourself  is still very underutilized in the United States.

National Healthcare Decisions Day logo (700)National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) is set aside to focus attention on the issue. This year NHDD is Saturday, April 16, and efforts are already underway to get folks in the healthcare sector to help spread the word. The hope is that the attention will help Americans understand that making future healthcare decisions includes much more than deciding what care they would or would not want; it starts with expressing preferences, clarifying values, identifying care preferences, and selecting an agent to express healthcare decisions if patients are unable to speak for themselves.

Learn more about the Palliative Care Department at Lowell General Hospital.

Further information is available at the NHDD website

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