Advance care planning in a community setting

Josaleen Connolly, Stuart Milligan, Elaine Stevens, Susan Jackson, Kevin Rooney

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Abstract

Aim
To evaluate the effects of implementing an advance care planning process within pilot sites in North Ayrshire in 2010, focusing on people with palliative care needs.

Method
Data were collected from participants in advance care planning training using a questionnaire. Semi-structured interviews were conducted and an audit of documentation was undertaken.

Results
Thirty nine questionnaires were returned, a response rate of 16%. Twenty four out of 25 (96%) participants rated the training as having improved their understanding of the advance care planning process. The general consensus in interviews was that advance care planning is a worthwhile process. Participants reported patients achieving their preferred place of end of life care and greater consultation regarding hospitalisation.

Conclusion
Within the pilot sites, advance care planning training enhanced the ability of professionals to implement the advance care planning process and record the wishes of patients and residents.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-51
Number of pages9
JournalNursing Standard
Volume29
Issue number23
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Feb 2015

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Keywords

  • Advance care planning
  • documentation
  • palliative care
  • training

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