Psychiatric Advance Directives and the Right to Be Deemed Incapable

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Topics in Medical Ethics Lecture Series
Marvin Swartz, MD, Professor and Head, Division of Social & Community Psychiatry; Director, Duke AHEC Program, Duke University School of Medicine
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Refreshments provided

Psychiatric Advance Directives (PADS) are legal documents that permit individuals with mental illnesses to declare their consent, refusal, preferences and instructions for future mental health treatment or to appoint a surrogate decision maker through Health Care Power of Attorney in advance of an incapacitating psychiatric crisis. North Carolina, along with a majority of states, has a statute supporting these directives and implementation of the law is a CMS requirement for mental health facilities and clinics. Despite this, implementation and education about PADs have been sparse. This talk presents key features of PADs and ethical issues raised by their use.

Marvin S. Swartz, MD has been extensively involved in research and policy issues related to the organization and care of mentally ill individuals at the state and national level. He serves as the Director of the National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives and has received numerous awards for his contributions to mental health services research and forensic psychiatry.

The Topics in Medical Ethics Lecture Series is jointly sponsored by the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine and Duke University Hospital.

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