Title

Considerations for the use of advance directives among older persons with dementia in Hong Kong

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

US-China Law Review

Publication Date

2-1-2016

Volume

13

Issue

2

First Page

89

Last Page

111

Publisher

David Publishing Co., Inc.

Abstract

In recent years, the Hong Kong Probate Registry has witnessed remarkable increases in contested guardianships and wills, with a high prevalence of elder abuse and exploitation by family members, friends, caregivers and strangers etc.. A report and a consultation on the use of advance directive by the law commission and Food and Health Bureau was published in 2006 and 2009, respectively to urge for protective legislation including advance directive, but these were later dismissed because of a lack of understanding among the public on advance directive. With emphasis on the needs of persons with dementia, this paper provides a general overview of the use of advance directive in various countries, and scrutinises the necessity of advance directive in Hong Kong, as a crucial part of advance care planning to ensure persons’ self-predetermination of medical treatments are respected.

DOI

10.17265/1548-6605/2016.02.001

Print ISSN

15486605

E-ISSN

19302061

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2016 Author(s). Copyright for this article is retained by the author(s), with first publication rights granted to the journal. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/).

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Recommended Citation

Chan, A. C.-m., Chan, A. J.-l., & Kwan, D. D. L. (2016). Considerations for the use of advance directives among older persons with dementia in Hong Kong. US-China Law Review, 13(2), 89-111. doi: 10.17265/1548-6605/2016.02.001