What is an Advance Medical Directive?

An Advance Medical Directive allows you to state your wishes in advance regarding what types of medical life support measures you prefer to have, or have withheld/withdrawn if you are in a terminal condition (without reasonable hope of recovery), persistent vegetative state or end-stage condition, and cannot express your wishes yourself. In Maryland the Advance Directive enables you to select what type of medical support you wish, and to nominate healthcare attorneys-in-fact to make those decisions in accordance with your stated preferences.