Enterprise/Investigative: Why More People Don't Have Advance Directives

Feb 27, 2014

Aug. 26, 2013 – Aug. 28, 2013

Advance directives—sometimes called living wills—let people decide who can make medical decisions for them and what invasive treatments should be avoided at the end of life. Many in the healthcare system say they are vital plans that ensure a patient’s voice is heard, but only 25% of Granite Staters have signed advance directives.

In this series, Health Reporter Todd Bookman digs into why so few people set up advance directives, examines efforts to increase that number, looks at the impact of not having a completed advance directive.