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India Education Diary featured a USC study on how advance directives are associated with lower hospital costs for patients. “The takeaway here is that you should complete an advance directive as early as possible,” said lead author Yujun Zhu, a doctoral student at the USC Leonard Davis School, noting that last-minute decisions can be high on emotion and short on thorough consideration, education, and discussion. “Start when you are healthy and revisit your choices regularly,” he said. “You can change your mind but it is important to discuss and document your preferences.”

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