April 1, 2019 from 12-1PM EST join presenter Dr. Chris Frank, as he discusses communication strategies for having difficult conversations such as advance care planning, goals of care and end of life.  Learning objectives include understanding the difference between Advance Care Planning (ACP), goals of care and consent; incorporate ACP and goals of care discussions into regular outpatient care; using the principles to make CPR discussions easier for patients and you and incorporate Harvard Serious Illness Communication guide and other resources into your discussions. Register here.

This billingual article describes the findings of a cross-sectional, self-administered survey of Canadian family physicians and other health professionals investigating perceived barriers and enablers of advance care planning (ACP) in the primary care setting. 9 pages. Last reviewed March 2019.

The authors aimed to identify opportunities for physicians to engage in ACP discussions and to characterize physician's responses to these opportunities. 7 pages. Last reviewed March 2019.

The authors conducted a systematic review to identify relevant contextual elements, program features, implementation principles, and impacted outcomes to inform policy and practice. 49 pages. Last reviewed March 2019.

The authors explored how discussions about life-sustaining treatment occur and examined the factors which influence physician’s communication strategies with the aim of providing novel insights into how communication can be improved. 15 pages. Last reviewed March 2019.

The authors conducted a narrative review of evidence regarding advance care planning and end-of-life communication. 10 pages. Last reviewed March 2019.

This handout developed for health care professionals  outlines effective conversation flow and samples of patient-tested language. 1 page. Last reviewed March 2019.

This article provides an overview of differing definitions and legislation used related to advance care planning and goals of care across Canada.  The authors aim to provide ideas on facilitating discussions and highlight opportunities to start these conversations with patients and substitute decision makers. 9 pages. Last reviewed March 2019.

This American handbook was developed to help teach effective communication techniques to support building relationships with older adults. 70 pages. Last reviewed March 2019.

This American website provides general guidance regarding approaching a variety of potentially sensitive subjects with older adults.  Last reviewed March 2019..

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