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How Nurses Facilitate the Advance Care Planning Process

How Nurses Facilitate the Advance Care Planning Process

Published November 27, 2018

Registered nurses are often at the forefront and the frontline when it comes to patient care. So naturally, they are in a unique position to champion and facilitate advance care planning (ACP). Part of the 2017 Palliative Nursing Summit, hosted by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA), involved developing targeted initiatives to improve care […]


Four Simple Strategies for Improving Your Patients’ Health Literacy

Four Simple Strategies for Improving Your Patients’ Health Literacy

Published October 10, 2018

Four Simple Strategies for Improving Your Patients’ Health Literacy The U.S. has a health literacy problem. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nearly nine out of ten adults lack the necessary skills to manage their health and prevent disease. Low health literacy has been linked to higher rates of chronic illnesses […]


How Shared Decision Making Enhances Patient Safety for Serious Illness Care

How Shared Decision Making Enhances Patient Safety for Serious Illness Care

Published September 17, 2018

Studies estimate that anywhere from 250,000 to 440,000 people in the U.S. die every year due to preventable medical errors.  While very little research on patient safety has been done specifically for patients in palliative care, they are more vulnerable to errors and related adverse events. The end-of-life is a vulnerable time.  Multiple healthcare transitions, […]


The Kaiser Foundation Annual Report on Medicare and What it Means for Advance Care Planning

The Kaiser Foundation Annual Report on Medicare and What it Means for Advance Care Planning

Published August 9, 2018

Driven by the baby boomer generation, there has been a 36% increase in the number of Medicare beneficiaries over the last decade.  In 2007, there were 44 million enrolled for Medicare Services; today, there are almost 60 million.  This only represents a portion of baby boomers — an estimated 10,000 people turn 65 every day. […]


How Patient Decision Aids Help Overcome Common Barriers to  Shared Decision Making

How Patient Decision Aids Help Overcome Common Barriers to Shared Decision Making

Published June 18, 2018

Shared decision making (SDM) in healthcare requires active participation by both patients and providers as they share information and jointly make decisions based on the individual needs of patients. This sounds simpler than it often is in practice. It is not uncommon for the adoption of SDM in clinical settings to be slow due to […]


4 Best Practices for Effective Shared Decision Making

4 Best Practices for Effective Shared Decision Making

Published May 26, 2018

Most of us live in a world full of choices – ranging from the most mundane to complex, life-changing decisions.  Undoubtedly, healthcare decisions are among the most significant we may make at some point.  Often, when the time comes to make important medical decisions, many people are overwhelmed and unable to fully comprehend all their […]


Five Ways To Jump Start Your Advance Care Planning Initiative

Five Ways To Jump Start Your Advance Care Planning Initiative

Published May 15, 2018

Whether your healthcare organization has an advance care planning initiative in place or is still in the discussion phase, you may find the process has stalled and needs a jump-start. National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) is a perfect time to focus on and reinvigorate an advance care planning program. National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) National […]


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