An Advance Decision to Refuse Treatment, sometimes shortened to ADRT, is a decision you can make now to refuse a specific type of treatment at some time in the future.
- It is only used if at some time in the future you lose the ability to make your own decisions about your treatment.
- It is important to discuss the options with a doctor or nurse who knows your medical history.
- Other terms sometimes used include: ‘advance decision’ and in the past ‘living will’ which is no longer used.
If you make an advance decision to refuse a specific treatment, you will still be given the best possible care. You will have support, comfort and medicines to control your symptoms.