The effects of advance care planning on end-of-life care

Arianne Brinkman-Stoppelenburg, MSc, researcher in the department of Public Health, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, explains the background to her longer research article that has been selected as Editor’s Choice in the September edition of Palliative Medicine.

Advance care planning is the process of discussing and recording patient preferences concerning goals of care for patients who may lose capacity or communication ability in the future. It enables patients and their families to consider what care and treatments might or might not be acceptable, and to try and make plans in line with their wishes. In our recent review to be published in Palliative Medicine, we investigated the effects of advance care planning on end-of-life care.

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