Why use medical directives
When assessing or treating patients, the competent health-care provider needs to perform:
- a controlled act, or another act that is traditionally held within medicine (e.g, prescribing medications, ordering labs…)
- AND the act is not authorized to the health care professionals' scope of practice.
Whose needs are being met?
- Medical Directives should always be patient centred.
- The procedure being directed or delegated is clinically appropriate and in the patient’s best interest.
- Medical Directives are created in order to facilitate care.