End-of-Life Resources

North Carolina’s Right to a Natural Death Act recognizes a patient’s right to a peaceful and natural death. The NCMS Ethical and Judicial Affairs Committee has worked to develop and pass legislation that promotes patient self-determination at the end of life. These efforts have resulted in the creation and recognition of advance directives that enable patients to express their end of life wishes. The NCMS continues to work to advance end of life initiatives. For more information, please email Melanie Phelps at mphelps@ncmedsoc.org.

NC Division of Medical Assistance: Medical Decisions and Advance Directives

Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney

Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment Form (MOST)


Do Not Resuscitate Orders

Artificial Nutrition and Hydration

Organ Donation



National Resources



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