Advance Care Planning – helping patients to be involved in their care 

 November 2008

The recent Department of Health End of Life strategy promotes the use of advance care planning to help people make informed decisions about their care. This includes the use of the preferred priorities of care document. This study day is aimed at examining how, as professionals, we can facilitate this for our patients. We will examine the barriers to making advance care plans and how these can be overcome in practice both at an organisational as well as individual level.

One of the key barriers is the discomfort felt by some healthcare professionals when discussing the topic of death and dying and this discomfort will be addressed on the day.


Aims of the day:

·          To gain an understanding our own attitudes to death and dying

·          To determine what should be included in an advance care plan

·          To identify who should be involved the advance care planning process

·          To establish what needs to be in place for effective advance care planning

·          To explore how best to talk to patients about advance care planning

 Session Plan

Advance Care Planning

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Presentation on Advance Care Planning by Dr Helen Livingstone, Consultant in Palliative Medicine


Promoting patient autonomy and communication through advance care planning - a challenge for nurses in Australia.

Advance care planning and hospitals in the nursing home.

Institutional efforts to promote advance care planning in nursing homes: challenges and opportunities.

Advance care planning - A guide for health and social care staff.

Hope and advance care planning in patients with end stage renal disease: qualitative interview study.

How advance care planning can help.

JAMA. End of life discussions.

Racial and ethnic differences in advance care planning amongst patients with cancer.

The relationship between having a living will and dying in place.

Advance care planning in residential aged care facilities.

Patient advocacy and advance care planning in the acute hospital setting.

Respecting patient choices.

Development of a peer education programme for advance end of life care planning.

Using the Stages of Change model to improve communication about advance care planning.


List of above reading references and resources


Death Anxiety

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Presentation on Death Anxiety by Graham Farley, Practice Educator, Marie Curie Cancer Care 

Death Anxiety - Suggested further reading

Evaluation of the day