The refusal of treatment section of advance decisions became legally binding after under the 2005 Mental Capacity Act.
Sarah Wootton, chief executive of Dignity in Dying, said that more people were choosing to make advance decisions and it was important that health professionals had a clear understanding of them if they were to be effective.
‘Health professionals have an important role to play in educating the public of the benefits of making an advance decision,' she added
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