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Communication Challenges in Providing Advance Care Planning for People Living With HIV/AIDS 

Communication Challenges in Providing Advance Care Planning for People Living With HIV/AIDS
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Communication Challenges in Providing Advance Care Planning for People Living With HIV/AIDS
Author(s):

Maureen E. Lyon

, Blaire Schembari

, Brittney Lee

, and Peter Selwyn

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190201708.003.0024
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date: 27 January 2020

This chapter reviews the evidence base for advance care planning for persons living with HIV/AIDS. A dimension of palliative care, advance care planning empowers a person to have a voice in his or her future medical treatment. Communication involves collaboration with the entire healthcare team, patient, and family. This chapter describes an HIV disease specific, person-centered, family-focused intervention that may provide persons with HIV/AIDS access to advance care planning, regardless of patient age, race, or illness stage. Advance care planning from the time of diagnosis may lay the foundation for courageous conversations about goals and values in the context of death and dying as disease progresses. This chapter also describes evidence-based interventions, methods, and tools for the new paradigm of aging HIV/AIDS patients with comorbidities. A culturally sensitive, methodological, evidence-based approach to advance care planning can be implemented effectively to minimize suffering and enhance quality of life.

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