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Dialed In: Helping Veterans Take Control of Their Health Care

Dialed In, a podcast series from the VA National Center for Ethics in Health Care, is designed to help Veterans and their families as they face difficult ethical decisions about health care. 


What's An Advance Directive, and Why Should I Complete One? (6:35)

Why it's a good idea to fill out an advance directive, and what you might want to think about before you do. 

Choosing A Health Care Agent (5:36) 

 Who would you want to make health care decisions for you if you were unable to make decisions yourself?

I’ve Been Chosen as A Health Care Agent – Now What? (4:50)  

The privilege and responsibility of acting as a health care agent for a Veteran who is too ill to make their own health care decisions. 

Informed Consent Empowers Veterans  (4:47) 

How your VA health care team makes sure you have the information you need to make the best decisions about your health care. 

Setting Health Care Goals When You Have A Serious Illness (5:56)

How to make sure you get the health care that’s right for you when you are dealing with a serious health problem.

Would CPR Be Right for Me? (4:51)

Risks, benefits, and trade-offs of CPR, a life-sustaining treatment.

Mechanical Ventilation — An Option for Breathing Problems (6:05)

Risks, benefits, and trade-offs of mechanical ventilation, a life-sustaining treatment that might be offered if you have a serious breathing problem, or can’t breathe without help.



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The National Center for Ethics in Health Care is dedicated to the belief that Veterans and their loved ones should experience the Veterans Health Administration as a highly ethical organization. Our mission is to clarify and promote ethical health care practices throughout VHA and nationwide. Guided by the premise that ethical health care practice is an essential component of health care quality, we are a resource for VHA leaders and staff on issues in clinical, organizational, and research ethics.