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Choice and Advance Care Planning (ACP): definition, professional responsibilities

Fiona Randall and R. S. Downie

in End of Life Choices

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780199547333
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730405 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547333.003.0008
Choice and Advance Care Planning (ACP): definition, professional responsibilities

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This chapter discusses concept of advance care planning (ACP) in end of life care and explains the responsibilities of health care professionals in ACP. Properly conducted, ACP is likely to enable patients' previously stated preferences to be understood and taken into account once they have lost capacity. However, there is a risk that the ACP process may give rise to unrealistic patient expectations and in some patients to avoidable emotional distress.

Keywords: advance care planning; capacity; health care professionals; preferences; patient expectations; emotional distress

Chapter.  10833 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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