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A review of literature and policy to evaluate the successes and challenges surrounding limiting guardianship. Principal Investigator: Heather L. Connors, Ph.D. Director of Research for Guardian Community Trust project in progress..

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This is a study of decision-making by Guardians with the goal of developing a decision-making training protocol for new guardians and a curriculum for the general public to learn more about Health Care Proxies and Durable Powers of Attorney. Principal Investigator: Heather L. Connors, Ph.D., Director of Research for Guardian Community Trust Traci Cucinotta, LICSW,…

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Guardianship is a last resort in such situations – when all efforts to support decision-making abilities and employ less restrictive options have been exhausted. Guardianship in Massachusetts may be over-used in the absence of a default surrogate consent statute successfully employed in most states and the Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as specific Rogers…

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Adults who are incapacitated and alone, having no surrogates, may be known as ‘‘unbefriended.’’ Decision-making for these particularly vulnerable patients is a common and vexing concern for healthcare providers and hospital ethics committees. When all other avenues for resolving the need for surrogate decision-making fail, patients who are incapacitated and alone may be referred for…

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Guardians for unbefriended adults face a host of decisions at the end of life. They must consider the person’s wishes if known, as well as the clinical context for end-of-life care. In this project, we addressed common decisions guardians face at end of life and what to consider when making such challenging decisions. Principal Investigator:…

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