An advance directive is a legal form you fill out. It says what kinds of medical care you want if you aren't able to make decisions for yourself. It tells your family and your doctor what to do if you're badly hurt or have a serious illness that keeps you from saying what you want.
There are two main types of advance directives:
- Living will. This is also called a declaration.
- Medical power of attorney. This is also called a durable power of attorney for health care.
Current as of: June 16, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Jean S. Kutner MD, MSPH - Geriatric Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine & Robin L. Fainsinger MBChB, LMCC, CCFP - Palliative Medicine & Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine & Caroline S. Rhoads MD - Internal Medicine