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How Nurses Facilitate the Advance Care Planning Process

How Nurses Facilitate the Advance Care Planning Process

Published May 6, 2021

Reading Time: 3 minutes Nurses impact patient care and make a difference in peoples’ lives every single day. As front-line caregivers, they advocate for their patients and use evidence-based practices to promote optimal outcomes. Many provide skilled care and comfort for patients and their families at the end of life. Nurses are the ones always present at the bedside, […]


A Public Health Approach to Advance Care Planning

A Public Health Approach to Advance Care Planning

Published April 26, 2021

Reading Time: 3 minutes Innovations in medicine and successful public health campaigns have contributed to increased life expectancy for Americans. As of 2019, the average life expectancy for someone born in the U.S. was 78.8 years (it dropped to 77.8 in 2020 primarily due to COVID-19). With advancing age comes an increase in chronic conditions that can lead to […]


Boost Adoption of Healthcare Technology by Seniors

Boost Adoption of Healthcare Technology by Seniors

Published April 3, 2021

Reading Time: 3 minutes Healthcare technology for seniors plays an increasingly important role. The Baby Boomer generation is reaching senior citizen status en masse, causing the overall U.S. population to get older each year. According to a U.S. Census Bureau report, the number of people age 65 and older has grown by over a third since 2010. It is […]


Promoting Healthcare Equity Using Patient Decision Aids

Promoting Healthcare Equity Using Patient Decision Aids

Published February 18, 2021

Reading Time: 3 minutes While there is no single measure that will eliminate health disparities, the use of patient decision aids as part of the shared decision-making process can help promote healthcare equity. Healthcare disparities are an ongoing reality for minority and underserved communities throughout the United States. Findings from a 2019 report from the American Cancer Society revealed that although […]


19 Evidence-Based Benefits of Advance Care Planning

19 Evidence-Based Benefits of Advance Care Planning

Published October 15, 2020

Reading Time: 2 minutes Advance care planning (ACP) is an ongoing conversation that involves shared decision making to clarify and document – through an advance directive – an individual’s wishes, preferences, and goals regarding future medical care. This comprehensive process is critically important to ensuring patients receive the medical care they want in the event they lose the capacity […]


Understanding Palliative Care and Hospice Care

Understanding Palliative Care and Hospice Care

Published September 9, 2020

Reading Time: 4 minutes Discussing goals of care with patients facing serious illness is essential to ensuring that the care they receive is compassionate and aligns with their goals and wishes. Unfortunately, these conversations don’t happen enough.  A Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that almost 90 percent of U.S. adults felt that talking with their doctors about their preferred […]


Research Update: Hospice Advanced Cancer Video Study

Research Update: Hospice Advanced Cancer Video Study

Published August 17, 2020

Reading Time: 2 minutes Although the benefits of hospice include high-quality end-of-life care for patients, lower caregiver depression and complicated bereavement, and less aggressive and costly care at the end of life, patients and their caregivers have substantial misperceptions regarding hospice, which contributes to its underuse. Only approximately 40-50% of patients in the United States die while under hospice care, […]


Advance Care Planning for Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease

Advance Care Planning for Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease

Published June 22, 2020

Reading Time: 4 minutes Dementia is a term used to describe neurodegenerative brain disorders with symptoms that include a decline in memory, reasoning, and a gradual loss of the cognitive abilities needed to carry out daily living activities. These abnormal brain changes also affect behavior, emotions, and relationships. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, accounting for 60-80 […]


Clinical Social Workers: Champions of Advance Care Planning

Clinical Social Workers: Champions of Advance Care Planning

Published February 21, 2020

Reading Time: 3 minutes As members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team, clinical social workers help manage the difficult issues that can arise at the end of life. They are experts at supporting patients, families and caregivers as they cope with emotional distress and navigate the healthcare system. They also play a critical role in ensuring patients’ wishes are honored […]


Year of the Nurse: Recognizing the Critical Role of Nurses in Advance Care Planning

Year of the Nurse: Recognizing the Critical Role of Nurses in Advance Care Planning

Published January 30, 2020

Reading Time: 3 minutes “The greatest heroes are those who do their duty in the daily grind of domestic affairs whilst the world whirls as a maddening dreidel.” – Nurse Florence Nightingale Nurses impact patient care and make a difference in people’s lives every single day. As front-line caregivers, nurses advocate for their patients and use evidence-based practices to […]


Four Simple Strategies for Improving Patient Health Literacy

Four Simple Strategies for Improving Patient Health Literacy

Published September 30, 2019

Reading Time: 4 minutes 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 patient health literacy has been linked to higher rates of chronic illnesses and preventable hospitalizations, poor self-care and less frequent […]


How the Latest Health Technologies Facilitate the Advance Care Planning Process

How the Latest Health Technologies Facilitate the Advance Care Planning Process

Published September 12, 2019

Reading Time: 3 minutes Health technologies have the power to transform the delivery of care. Advance care planning (ACP) is an important element within healthcare that helps ensure people receive the care they want at end of life. As many health systems work toward formalizing processes for ACP, health technologies can be valuable tools for overcoming obstacles that create gaps […]


Why Advance Care Planning is a Crucial Part of Population Health Strategy

Why Advance Care Planning is a Crucial Part of Population Health Strategy

Published April 23, 2019

Reading Time: 3 minutes Fueled by pressure to improve both clinical and financial outcomes, population health management has become a burgeoning field in healthcare. Achieving the goal of improving the quality and effectiveness of healthcare while controlling costs for defined groups of patients is an immense challenge.   Populations take many forms and can be defined by region, employee pool, disease cohort, […]


Advance Care Planning Guide Part 2:  List of Resources

Advance Care Planning Guide Part 2: List of Resources

Published April 16, 2019

Reading Time: 7 minutes As you may (or may not) know, there are many online resources available to assist with advance care planning. We’ve put together a list of several links to advance care planning resources and related topics for health care professionals, as well as for patients and their caregivers. You can access our glossary of terms here. Professional […]


Advance Care Planning Guide Part 1:  Glossary of Terms

Advance Care Planning Guide Part 1: Glossary of Terms

Published March 26, 2019

Reading Time: 6 minutes Advance Care Planning (ACP) 101 begins right here with a list of commonly associated advance care planning terms. Stay tuned for Part 2, which will provide a comprehensive list of resources for advance care planning.  Advance Care Planning An ongoing communication process that involves clarifying and documenting an individual’s wishes, values, preferences and goals regarding […]


12 Reasons Why Video Education Tools are a Crucial Element of Shared Decision Making

12 Reasons Why Video Education Tools are a Crucial Element of Shared Decision Making

Published February 28, 2019

Reading Time: 4 minutes Over the last decade, there has been a healthcare revolution. Driven by access to information via the internet and the adoption of digital devices, patients have transformed into consumers of healthcare, demanding more empowerment and autonomy. These changes have created an environment in which shared decision making (SDM) between patients and providers is a basic requirement […]


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

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

Published August 9, 2018

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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

Reading Time: 4 minutes 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 then it often is in practice. It is not uncommon for the adoption of shared decision making in clinical settings to be slow due […]


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