Make sure your wishes are respected and you avoid unwanted care

People have different values and preferences when it comes to making decisions about their health care. For example, some patients may want to be more involved in their treatment decisions with their doctors than others. Or when seriously ill, some people want to live as long as possible through aggressive treatments, while others may be more concerned about the quality of their life during the time they have left.

For patients who want to focus on their end-of-life plans, try this starter kit from The Conversation Project, an acclaimed national effort dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for care at the end of life.