A patient being admitted to the ICU asks why he must sign a document stating his wishes regarding life support. Which of the following is the best response?


• "We want to respect your advance directive decisions in case you are unable to make these decisions later." This response provides accurate information regarding advance directives.

• It is important to use language that explains how the advanced directive protects the client's wishes. Care should be taken to not cause anxiety by suggesting that the client is likely to become incapacitated.

• Incorrect: The other options are dismissive or fail to provide an adequate explanation.

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