- A psychiatric advance directive (PAD) is a legal document that documents a person’s preferences for future mental health treatment, and allows appointment of a health proxy to interpret those preferences during a crisis.
- PADs may be drafted when a person is well enough to consider preferences for future mental health treatment.
- PADs are used when a person becomes unable to make decisions during a mental health crisis.
PubMed Searches on PADs
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PAD research from 1966 to present
Advance Directives research for the past 2 years
A collection of articles from the research literature on Psychiatric Advance Directives and surrounding topics.