Written instructions urged for end of life care

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A statewide group is using the Terry Schiavo case to promote its long-held view that people should provide written instructions for health care decisions in which they may not be able to participate.

The Vermont Ethics Network says it has posted a new form at its Web site for people to fill out. The form specifies the sort of care a person wishes to receive should they enter a persistent vegetative state. Backers say such an advance directive can head off family disputes that can become protracted legal battles.

The Vermont Ethics Network can be found online at www.vtethicsnetwork.org.

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