Advanced Directives

Who Will Decide If You Can't?

The Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) offers advance directives—both the health care directive and the durable power of attorney for health care—to physicians and patients to help guide decision-making at the end of life.

The term ‘advance directive’ refers to your oral and written instructions about your future medical care in the event you are unable to express your medical wishes.

It is important to let your physician and loved ones know your wishes for treatment should you ever be near death and unable to express them. Most health facilities assume you want all available medical treatment, including life-sustaining care, unless you direct otherwise. Advance directives can help direct these decisions.

WSMA’s advance directive brochure

The WSMA offers a brochure, “Who Will Decide If You Can’t?,” which contains both the health care directive (living will) and the durable power of attorney for health care as tear-off forms within a tri-fold brochure, along with information for patients about the importance of advance care planning.

Physicians and providers can order bulk supplies of WSMA’s “Who Will Decide If You Can’t?” brochure for their patients below.

Providers and patients may download the forms themselves directly (download both the health care directive and the durable power of attorney for health care).

Patients wishing for a copy of the tri-fold brochure containing both forms can request one by mail. Please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to WSMA, Attn: Advance Directive, 2001 6th Ave., Suite 2700, Seattle, WA 98121.

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