Creating a Living Will Quiz
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About This Quiz
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?
Living wills are often called advance directives.
medical power authorization
Which of the following is NOT another term for a health care proxy?
A health care proxy is also known as a power of attorney or health care agent, but not as a health liaison.
The acronym DNR stands for:
The acronym DNR stands for 'do not resuscitate.'
A DNR order requests that medical personnel:
A DNR order asks that medical personnel not use CPR on a patient who isn't breathing.
One advocacy organization has designated April 16 as:
National Healthy Eating Day
National Health Care Decisions Day
One advocacy organization has designated April 16 as 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:
Hospice is a type of care dedicated to making terminally ill patients more comfortable in their final days and weeks.
Among seriously ill patients, what percentage have a living will?
Less than 50 percent of seriously ill patients have filed a living will with their doctors.
A health care proxy makes decisions how?
according to your previously expressed wishes
A health care proxy makes decisions according to your previously expressed wishes, while also using information provided by doctors.
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
A living will contains no information about a patient's funeral requests, should he or she pass away.
If there's someone you don't want making health care decisions for you, you should:
specify as such in your living will
If there's someone you don't want making health care decisions for you, you can specify that in your living will.
draw up a separate legal document
Most deaths in the United States occur:
in a hospital or health care facility
Whereas in the early 20th century most people died at home, most deaths in the U.S. now occur in hospitals and other health care facilities.
A living will is named as such because:
It is meant to be used while the person is still alive.
A living will is named as such because it is meant to be used while the person is still alive.
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
Severe brain damage combined with an ongoing coma of four weeks or more is generally classified as 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 a 2005 case that went to federal court and attracted the attention of Congress, Terri Schiavo's husband fought for (and won) the right to pull the plug on his comatose, severely brain damaged wife.
In the mid-1970s, a landmark case that was a predecessor of the Schiavo case centered around:
In the mid-1970s the case of Karen Ann Quinlan became a landmark event in discussions about the right to die.
A common criticism of living wills is that they:
may be interpreted differently by different health care professionals
A common criticism of living wills is that they may be interpreted differently by different health care professionals -- another reason to enlist a health care proxy on your behalf.
prolong medical treatment
Your health care proxy probably should be:
Your health care proxy probably should be younger than you, increasing the likelihood that he or she will be in good health and able to look after you.
Many experts recommend choosing a proxy who is:
Many experts recommend choosing a proxy who is not related to you, so that he or she can act more dispassionately on your behalf (and won't have an interest in your estate).
In the face of terminal illness, many living wills specifically reject:
People with terminal illnesses often specify in their living wills that they don't wish to have life-sustaining treatments, particularly ones that may cause excessive pain.
When signing a living will, the patient must be:
When signing a living will, the patient must be of sound mind and not coerced.
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