For those of us who are involved in caring for seriously ill patients, we understand the stress that everybody experiences. This stress is compounded when we care for a patient who has lost the ability to speak for themselves. We, along with their families, are left often times guessing what the patient would want, and then conflicts arise. By investing a little time in helping your patients with advance care planning, you can play a key role in preventing or minimizing this added distress in the future for your patients, their families, and you or your colleagues.
Review this handout about Advance Care Planning Issues & Terminology