Health Law Section Podcasts

Health Law Section Podcasts

Health Law Section Podcast Series | Free to the General Public

Five Big Myths of Advance Care Planning and How to Stay Anchored in Reality (4/13/10) | Podcast Audio File
Click here to download slides and materials for the teleconference.

Sponsored by the ABA Health Law Section, the Senior Lawyers Division and the ABA Commission on Law and Aging

This program addresses the five biggest myths that plague advance care planning and how to steer clear of them and make advance care planning more effective.


  1. People should use their state’s official advance directive form(s).
  2. Your advance directive should include as specific instructions as possible.
  3. Advance Directives are legally binding so doctors have to follow them.
  4. Doing everything possible for dad means keeping dad alive at all costs.
  5. A written advance directive is better than talk.

Since the mid-1970s, health care advance directives have become the central legal tool to make sure one’s health care wishes are known in a formal way and, it is hoped, followed. However, clinical realities and the medical-social sciences literature over the last 30 years cast doubt on the effectiveness of advance directives. The reality is that directives are just a part of a process of advance care planning that requires more than just a form and a signature. Sometimes forms get in the way.


  • Richard Payne, MD, Professor of Medicine and Divinity, Esther Colliflower Director, Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life, Duke University Divinity School
  • Charles P. Sabatino, J.D., Director of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Law and Aging

MP3 Download Instructions

Right-click (PC) or control-click (Mac) here or on the link above and select Save Target As (PC) or Download Link To Disk (Mac) to download the complete MP3 file to your computer.

Product Details:
Produced: April 13, 2010
Audio Program File Format: MP3
Duration: 80 minutes
MP3 File Size: 36 MB

*Dial-up connections are not recommended. Please note that download times are estimates and will vary based on your Internet speed and Internet slowdowns.

Return To Health Law News and Resources Main Page