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DATA PRESENTATION

The Living Will register

DATABASE

Primary variables


Established living will

Social Security number


Introduction

The Living Will register (Danish: Livstestamenteregisteret) is an electronic tool that records which citizens do not want life-prolonged treatment if that person is dying and there is no chance of that changing.

A living will also takes effect if someone is suffering severe disability and is incapable of taking care of themselves physically or mentally. A living will does not include the option of euthanasia/assisted death. In contrast, the person declares that they do not wish to be kept alive in a situation in which they cannot say so themselves and all hope of getting better has been abandoned.

Any citizen over the age of 18 not subject to guardianship can make a living will. (Livstestamente). A living will ensure that doctors follow someone's wishes for when they are approaching death and cannot themselves make their wishes known.

More details

Type
Clinical support register
Purpose
Administration

Collection Period

Collection Period
Coverage
Nationwide
Population
The register covers citizens who have drawn up the will
Database Categories

Contact information

Data owner
Ministry of Health
Contact data owner
Islands Brygge 67
2300 København S
Website - data owner
www.sum.dk/English.aspx
Data administrator
Rigshospitalet
Contact data administrator
Rigshospitalet, Unit 9532
T: 35 45 52 69
Website - data administrator
www.rigshospitalet.dk/vejledning-og-rettigheder/patientrettigheder/Behandling-og-undersoegelse-i-Danmark-rettigheder/D%C3%B8dsfald/Sider/Livstestamente.aspx