HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
NIMH funds $1.98 million study of advance directives for patients with mental illnesses

DURHAM, N.C. -- The National Institute of Mental Health has awarded a Duke University Medical Center team $1.98 million in research funding to study the use and effectiveness of "psychiatric advance directives (PADs)" -- legal documents created by patients who have planned ahead for their preferred course of treatment during a mental health crisis. This is the first major study funded by the U.S. government to evaluate PADs from initiation to outcomes, said the researchers.

Despite the spread of laws that authorize the use of advance directives in the care of patients with mental illnesses, little research has been done to determine the effectiveness of these legal instruments. Although patients in 16 states have the right to create a PAD, very few take advantage of it, according to researchers at Duke. The four-year study will examine whether psychiatric patients will complete advance directives if they are provided the resources to do so, and will also determine whether or not doctors and hospitals can effectively put the plans into action.

"Americans place a high value on the right to make their own health care decisions, but gravely ill patients sometimes are incapable of deciding for themselves or communicating with doctors about the treatment choices they face," said Jeffrey Swanson, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke and principal investigator on the study. "Patients with a terminal illness often plan ahead using a 'living will,' or appoint someone they trust to carry out their wishes for treatment. People who know they have a serious psychiatric disorder should be able to do the same thing."

The Duke team wants to find out why PADs are in such limited use and whether implementing such directives would help patients gain access to timely treatment during mental health emergencies without the need for involuntary commitment.

"Mental health consumers and advocates are very concerned about
'"/>

Contact: Tracey Koepke
koepk002@mc.duke.edu
919-684-4148
Duke University Medical Center
16-Sep-2003


Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Can you read my mind? W.M. Keck Foundation funds innovative brain research at Carnegie Mellon
2. Rices CNST awards Smalley/Curl funds for innovation
3. Entrepreneurism Center at UC San Diego funds commercialization of lung, shock, other devices
4. Federal funds given for regenerative medicine center
5. The NIH funds network to study drug-induced liver injury (DILIN)
6. NIH funds seven science education partnership awards
7. $25 million funds health promotion studies at UT School of Public Health
8. NIH funds project to help senior citizens access health care
9. NCCAM funds Developmental Centers for Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine
10. NCCAM funds Centers of Excellence for Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine
11. NIH funds two UCSD scientists to venture deep into human genome

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Ellevate Network, the leading network for ... for action towards gender equality at their inaugural Summit in New York City in ... reached a social audience of over 3 million. To watch the Mobilize Women video, ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... , ... October 13, 2017 , ... “The Journey: From ... every danger possible to save lost souls in the Philippines. “The Journey: From the ... is a dedicated teacher of the Bible. She has taught all ages and currently ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... meet the demand of today’s consumer and regulatory authorities worldwide. From Children’s to ... and tested to meet the highest standard. , These products are also: ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Dr. Parsa ... contributed a medical article to the newly revamped Cosmetic Town journal ... the hair transplant procedure known as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). , ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... first interactive health literacy software tool, and the Cancer Patient Education Network (CPEN), ... patient education, today announce a new strategic alliance. , As CPEN’s strategic ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/10/2017)... Calif. , Oct. 10, 2017  NDS received FDA 510(k) ... — a medical-grade battery-powered display stand specifically designed for endoscopy environments. ... transform technology into a clinical solution to support the improvement of ... Innovative Design ... Mobile Wireless Solution ...
(Date:10/7/2017)... IRVING, Texas , Oct. 6, 2017   ... industry with more than $100 billion in purchasing power, ... industry news and information. The Newsroom is ... chain and industry trends, infographics, expert bios, news releases, ... Besides having access to a wealth of resources at ...
(Date:10/4/2017)... 4, 2017  South Korean-based healthcare product Development Company ... "cprCUBE" on Kickstarter. The device will educate the user ... with better efficiency compared to the dated and pricey ... on efficacy of the compression for a more informed ... goal to raise $5,000. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: