A living will can be a difficult document to contemplate, and there's much to consider when writing one. Knowing as much as you can about them can be a saving grace if trouble arises. Take this quiz to learn more about living wills.
Which of the following is another term for a living will?
medical power authorization
Which of the following is NOT another term for a health care proxy?
power of attorney
health care agent
The acronym DNR stands for:
do not renew
do not resuscitate
do not repudiate
A DNR order requests that medical personnel:
do not attempt CPR
do not use IV
do not operate
One advocacy organization has designated April 16 as:
National Healthy Eating Day
National Health Care Decisions Day
National Health Avoidance Day
The type of palliative care dedicated to making terminally ill patients more comfortable is known as:
Among seriously ill patients, what percentage have a living will?
less than 50 percent
A health care proxy makes decisions how?
as he or she sees fit
according to your previously expressed wishes
based on your family members' opinions
Which of the following is NOT contained in a living will?
procedures the patient would allow
procedures the patient would not allow
If there's someone you don't want making health care decisions for you, you should:
specify as such in your living will
draw up a separate legal document
call the police
Most deaths in the United States occur:
in a hospital or health care facility
A living will is named as such because:
It is meant to be used while the person is still alive.
It is subject to change.
It disburses a person's assets while he or she is still alive.
If someone has had severe brain damage and has been in a coma for four weeks or more, then he or she is considered:
in a persistent vegetative state
In a famous case in 2005, the American woman who was in a persistent vegetative state, and whose husband fought to pull the plug, was named:
In the mid-1970s, a landmark case that was a predecessor of the Schiavo case centered around:
Katie Lucy Epstein
Karen Ann Quinlan
Kathy Ann Smith
A common criticism of living wills is that they:
may be interpreted differently by different health care professionals
are difficult to change
prolong medical treatment
Your health care proxy probably should be:
younger than you
older than you
around your age
Many experts recommend choosing a proxy who is:
a close family member
not related to you
In the face of terminal illness, many living wills specifically reject: