“Being proactive in making medical decisions allows the patient’s medical team to understand and prepare for the patient’s wishes and preferences,” said Dr.
, a family practice physician at Essentia Health. “Entering into these conversations with our patients helps us to honor their choices.”
We encourage you to begin thinking about, talking about and writing down your goals, values and preferences, and to complete a health care directive. It’s important that you share that information with your loved ones and your health care team.