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5 years after Schiavo, few make end-of-life plans

Submitted by on March 30, 2010 – 5:48 amNo Comment

Five years after Terri Schiavo’s high-profile death, there’s little indication Americans are heeding lessons from her case and filling out advance directives or so-called living wills.
In the months surrounding the Florida woman’s death five years ago tomorrow, there was a notable spike in people putting their own end-of-life wishes in writing in hopes of averting such a protracted family fight.
But experts say today, just 20 – 30 percent of U.S. adults have advance directives, the same range as before the Schiavo case.
Much of the problem with advance directives is people aren’t entirely sure what they do.  There is also fear the directives would limit lifesaving treatment.
In fact, the directives can be changed by the patient and would only be used in limited grave circumstances.