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Guardianship is a last resort in such situations – when all efforts to support decision-making abilities and employ less restrictive options have been exhausted. Guardianship in Massachusetts may be over-used in the absence of a default surrogate consent statute successfully employed in most states and the Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as specific Rogers Case Law.

This report provides detailed findings from three surveys conducted in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts:

  • A survey of clinicians involved in discharge planning and case management
  • A survey of hospital counsel who pursue guardianship for patients
  • A survey of guardians

Principal Investigator: Jennifer Moye, Ph.D., Director of Geriatric Psychology at Boston VA Health Care System, and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School
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