Wednesday, October 18, 2006
The National Resource Center for Psychiatric Advance Directives has started a Web site, www.nrc-pad.org, providing state-by-state PAD information and downloadable forms.
A PAD is prepared when a patient is lucid. "The benefit is that the patient feels heard," said Dr. Marvin Swartz, co-director of the center. "The patient feels empowered."
The center was developed by Duke University Medical Center and the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law.
PADs are intended for people with a history of severe and persistent mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder -- about 3 percent of the population.