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End of life care: the importance of advance care planning

Bloomer, Melissa, Tan, Heather and Lee, Susan 2010, End of life care: the importance of advance care planning, Australian family physician, vol. 39, no. 10, pp. 734-737.

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Title End of life care: the importance of advance care planning
Author(s) Bloomer, MelissaORCID iD for Bloomer, Melissa orcid.org/0000-0003-1170-3951
Tan, Heather
Lee, Susan
Journal name Australian family physician
Volume number 39
Issue number 10
Start page 734
End page 737
Total pages 4
Publisher Australian College of General Practitioners
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2010-10
ISSN 0300-8495
Summary Background: Communication about end of life care may involve difficult conversations for patients, family members and health professionals. However, a lack of understanding of a person's wishes about their future care may result in a loss of dignity for the person, and additional distress for their family members and health professionals and burden to the healthcare system.

Objective: This article discusses the barriers to advance care planning and provides some guidance for the general practitioner in undertaking advance care planning with patients and their families. Tips for initiating end of life discussions with patients and families utilising the 'PREPARED' acronym, and ensuring appropriate care delivery are included.

Discussion: Involving patients and their family members in advance care planning may be challenging and time consuming for GPs. However, there are a number of resources to support this activity in relation to training, communication support and Medicare item funding.
Language eng
Field of Research 1117 Public Health And Health Services
1103 Clinical Sciences
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2010, Australian College of General Practitioners
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30081921

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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