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Advance Care Planning 

Advance Care Planning
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Advance Care Planning
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Shigeko Izumi

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190862374.003.0006
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date: 24 August 2019

Many patients and their families arrive at critical end-of-life decision-making ill-prepared, without any prior conversations about what the patient wants. Advance care planning is a process by which to reflect on and discuss a person’s life values and goals and to communicate preferences regarding future healthcare. The purpose is to ensure that people receive care that is consistent with their values, goals, and preferences at the end of their lives. The role of healthcare professionals is to support and encourage persons at any age or stage of health to begin these conversations to share their values and preferences with their families, friends, and healthcare providers so that their end-of-life care wishes are honored.

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