Implementing Advance Care Planning: Barriers and Facilitators

Heather Coats

Yuki Asakura

Ellyn E. Matthews

advance care planning, advance directive, nurse education, quality improvement project
ONF 2019, 46(3), 271-274. DOI: 10.1188/19.ONF.271-274

An article by Izumi et al. (2019) in the current issue describes the effect of a brief educational intervention for nurses to increase confidence in their knowledge of advance care planning (ACP). The description of this project offers a useful exemplar for those wishing to implement ACP interventions. This commentary raises questions about the role of nurses in ACP and the design of effective, sustainable ACP programs within complex health systems.

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