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FIELDS Program to Partner with Philadelphia VA on Advance Directives Study

Guided by insights from a FIELDS pilot study in a non-Veteran population, a study of the influence of default options in advance directives for seriously ill Veterans will begin at the Philadelphia Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center in late fall 2012. The study, lead by Dr. Joshua Kayser, will be the first to evaluate how default options in advance directives influence healthcare utilization and hospitalizations. Support for this study has been awarded to Dr. Kayser through the Veterans’ Affairs Healthcare Network – VISN 4 Competitive Pilot Project Fund.