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Are DE Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (DMOST) different than advance directives?

Yes, Delaware Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (DMOST) are different than advance directives (also known as living wills), although both address a person's preference for end-of-life care. 

Delaware Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment are end-of-life directives developed by medical professionals in conjunction with their patients (or their representatives). They do not replace advance directives but are used in conjunction with them when needed. A DMOST form is used only when a patient is expected to live for less than one year. It addresses a patient's specific medical condition and contains medical orders that reflect the patient's treatment preferences. An advance directive, on the other hand, is recommended for all adults to express their preferences to treat future conditions.