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Advance statements: legal and ethical implications

Belen Matesanz Mateu Staff nurse, Intensive Care Unit, Hospital Son Llatzer, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

This article informs nurses of the background and purpose of advance statements (advance directives or living wills), and discusses the legal and ethical issues associated with their use.

Correspondence belen123@hotmail.co.uk

Nursing Standard. 21, 2,41-45. doi: 10.7748/ns2006.09.21.2.41.c4501

Published in print: 20 September 2006

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