More people are today engaging in advance care planning that includes discussing and providing written end-of-life care instructions and appointing a durable power-of-attorney for health care, the findings showed.And when individuals share their end-of-life preferences with loved ones, they're more likely to have their wishes honoured, said lead author Nidhi Khosla, assistant professor at the University of Missouri"Advance care planning increases the likelihood that the care one receives at the end of her life is congruent with what she wants," Khosla explained.

"By engaging in advance care planning, individuals make their preferences known in the event that they are unable to make a decision for themselves. This can reduce the stress care givers and family members face regarding treatment decisions for a loved one who is severely ill or injured," Khosla, an alumna of the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA), Gujarat, noted.

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