Apr 17, 2016 10:35 AM

Study finds few NH families have advance directives for medical care

CONCORD (AP) - A new report suggests few New Hampshire residents have spelled out their wishes when it comes to what kind of medical care they want when they lack the capacity to make decisions for themselves.

The Foundation for Healthy Communities analyzed information about 1,473 patients from all 26 of New Hampshire's community hospitals and found that only 35 percent had advance directive information in their medical charts. An advance directive guides care when a person isn't able to make his or her own health care decisions.

As part of an initiative dubbed "National Healthcare Decisions Day," the foundation on Saturday is urging residents to talk to family members or friends about their wishes in the event of a medical crisis.

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