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Medical Decision Making Resources

Does your organization explicitly inform patients of their right to designate a person of their choice, including a same-sex partner, as medical decision maker?

To receive credit, your facility must:
Include LGBTQ-specific information in the medical decision making briefing provided to patients and/or ensure that they know they can designate any person of their choice as a medical decision maker.

Resources:

Here are some LGBTQ-specific medical decision making examples: 

If your organization provides employees with training related to medical decision making, does the training include LGBTQ-specific information?

To receive credit, your facility must:
Include LGBTQ-specific information in the medical decision-making training provided to staff.

Healthcare facilities should provide training modules to staff that are specifically tailored to the special case of advance healthcare directives and same-sex couples. These training modules should make explicit mention of LGBTQ individuals and detail the unique consequences that can result from a failure to recognize the advance healthcare directive of a same-sex couple. The training modules should reiterate the staff’s duty to follow all applicable state and federal advance healthcare directive law, especially in the areas of reciprocity, presumptive validity, and the definition of designated agents.

Here are some examples of LGBTQ-specific information included in medical decision-making trainings: