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West Virginia Leads the Nation in Advance Care Planning

Posted Sep 10 2010 5:07am
While LaCrosse, Wisconsin has extraordinarily high ACP rates, those do not obtain state-wide.  In contrast, about 49 percent of West Virginians have completed an advance directive that outlines the level of care and type of treatment they wish to receive as they near the end of life.  "In West Virginia, we're leading the country in teaching doctors and nurses about how to talk to patients and families about their [options]," said Dr. Alvin Moss, director of the state's  Center for End-of-Life Care  and a professor of medicine at West Virginia University.   ( Charleston Gazette )  So, what exactly does West Virginia do?
  • Distributed 250,000 POST forms
  • Statewide palliative care network , placing consultation teams in hospitals, nursing homes and hospice centers to provide information, help patients identify the appropriate person to appoint as their medical power of attorney, lead discussions on how much suffering a patient is willing to bear

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