Evaluation of the introduction of an advanced care plan into multiple palliative care settings

Title:  Evaluation of the introduction of an advanced care plan into multiple palliative care settings

Source:   International Journal of Palliative Nursing 2009, Vol 15, 11, p554-561.

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Date of publication:  November 2009

Publication type:  Article

In a nutshell:  The authors describe and evaluate the implementation of advanced care plans into community and in-patient settings.  They describe the usefulness of the plans and the positive impact in terms of patients being able to successfully choose their place of death.   In addition, the impact of the plans on clinical practice and on communications between professionals and between professionals and their patients and their families is shown to have effectively led to patient empowerment however this is limited by the availability of resources.  The benefits of embedding evaluation into new initiatives are discussed.

Length of publication: 8 pages.

Acknowledgement:  EMBASE

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