This is a downloadable text document on Psychiatric Advance Directive (PAD). This material is expected to serve as an introductory resource for patients and caregivers on PAD. The goal is to provide a general idea of what is a PAD and who may benefit from it. Additionally, the document will review some considerations about preparation and present PAD as a means for patient empowerment and engagement. Once introduced to this document, the reader should be encouraged to pursue researching PAD further through the references and the accompanying Interview to be posted on PsychU Patient and Caregiver microsite. This is developed by CNS MSL Sucharita Somkuwar, Ph.D. with feedback from Dr. Leon Ravin, a PsychU speaker and an advocate for PAD, and from Kathy Day, PsychU Section Advisor for Patient and Caregiver Microsite.
Dr. Sucharita Somkuwar is a paid employee of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.