Advanced Care Planning – GPs

Uptake of advance care planning

Proudly supported by Lishman Health Research, this paper addresses the uptake of verbal and written advanced care plans (ACP’s) from the perspective of the Australian General Practitioner.  It highlights the potential benefits associated with Advanced Care Planning, and examines the impact of these plans on patient’s place of death.  This study calls attention to the importance of the awareness of death for at least three months prior to the event (where possible) and the role of palliative care training for GPs in improving the uptake of Advanced Care Plans.