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If There is No Advance Directive or Guardian, Who Makes Medical Treatment Choices?
Because questions about surrogate decisions are so grave and the existing knowledge so scant, in the Spring of 2015, the ABA Commission on Law and Aging conducted a focus group of physicians at the March meeting of the Society of Hospital Medicine. The group included 22 hospitalists from 13 states, with a medical experience range of from five to 32 years. While small and not conclusive for research purposes, the focus group began to shed light on how the laws are perceived and used on the ground in hospital settings (although other clinicians may have different perspectives).