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National Center for Ethics in Health Care


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Health Care Ethics Resources for Veterans, Patients, and Families

When faced with difficult decisions about health care, you may struggle with the question of "what should be done?" These resources can help you deal with tough decisions about health care and how to plan for it.

Planning Ahead for Future Health Care Decisions


VA Advance Directive Form - VA's official document for writing down your preferences for future health care in case you are unable to communicate those decisions for yourself. Includes a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care and Living Will.

Your Rights Regarding Advance Directives 

What You Should Know About Advance Directives

Setting Health Care Goals: A Guide for People with Health Problems (YouTube version, podcast version)

Planning for Future Health Care Decisions Workbook 

Planning Ahead for Mental Health Care


Mental Health Care Preferences Worksheet 

Who to Contact Worksheet 

Other Tools for Veterans and Their Families


What You Need to Know About Informed Consent 

Podcasts - Dialed In: Helping Veterans Take Control of Their Health Care

Request an Ethics Consultation Brochure (Spanish Version)

Safe and Responsible Use of Opioids for Chronic Pain: A Patient Information Guide

Your Rights and Responsibilities


Rights and Responsibilities of VA Patients and Residents of Community Living Centers

Rights and Responsibilities of Family Members of VA Patients and Residents of Community Living Centers