Identify appropriate patients for Advance Care Planning (ACP)
Opportunities for Advance Care Planning discussions should be actively sought by all healthcare professionals, working in primary or secondary care. more »
Prepare the ground
Before starting any discussion about Advance Care Planning, ensure that the patient and/or family have been given the opportunity to understand the nature and prognosis of their illness through adequate discussion. more »
Ask if the patient wishes to discuss Advance care Planning
Introduce the subject of Advance Care Planning with the patient and/or family.
It is important to tailor the way Advance Care Planning is raised with the patient and/or family to suit the patient's specific case. more »
Document the patients wishes
Depending on the patient's circumstances, consider: • General Advance Care Planning enquiry, • Advance Decision to Refuse Treatment, • Lasting Power of Attorney, • DNA-CPR form. more »
Encourage the patient to share their wishes with a family member.
With the patient's consent, ensure that the advance care plan is available to other healthcare professionals when it is needed. more »