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Advance care planning (ACP) 

Advance care planning (ACP)
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Advance care planning (ACP)
Author(s):

Miriam Johnson

, Karen Hogg

, James Beattie

, and Max Watson

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199299300.003.0045
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date: 22 January 2018

Advance care planning is a voluntary process whereby patients can express their preferences and goals for future care in advance of the event that they lose capacity. Exploring preferences for future care, in the context of individual beliefs and values, and conveying these to carers and professionals, as well as family and friends, is an important component of palliative care, and such conversations usually take place during everyday clinical care. Knowledge of patients’ values and beliefs can also guide best interest decisions when unforeseen events occur.

This chapter summarises the importance and practicalities of this issue within the current legal framework.

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