Advance care planning in nursing homes: new conversation and documentation tools

Annelien Wendrich-van Dael, Joni Gilissen, Liesbeth Van Humbeeck, Luc Deliens, Robert Vander Stichele, Chris Gastmans, Lara Pivodic, Lieve Van den Block

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Although advance care planning (ACP) is highly relevant for nursing home residents, its uptake in nursing homes is low. To meet the need for context-specific ACP tools to support nursing home staff in conducting ACP conversations, we developed the ACP+intervention. At its core, we designed three ACP tools to aid care staff in discussing and documenting nursing home resident's wishes and preferences for future treatment and care: (1) an extensive ACP conversation guide, (2) a one-page conversation tool and (3) an ACP document to record outcomes of conversations. These nursing home-specific ACP tools aim to avoid a purely document-driven or 'tick-box' approach to the ACP process and to involve residents, including those living with dementia according to their capacity, their families and healthcare professionals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)312-317
Number of pages6
JournalBMJ Supportive and Palliative Care
Issue number3
Early online date23 Jun 2021
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2021

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