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Goals-of-Care Conversations: A Best-Practice, Step-By-Step Approach

Goals-of-Care Conversations: A Best-Practice, Step-By-Step Approach

Published January 15, 2021

Reading Time: 6 minutes Engaging patients in meaningful goals-of-care discussions is critical to providing patient-centered, individualized care. High quality care can only be achieved when a patient’s care is aligned with their goals, preferences, and values. A JAMA Internal Medicine review concluded that best practices for goals-of-care conversations include: “sharing prognostic information, eliciting decision-making preferences, understanding fears and goals, […]


Goals-of-Care Conversations: Making the Most of Your Discussions

Goals-of-Care Conversations: Making the Most of Your Discussions

Published January 4, 2021

Reading Time: 4 minutes Goals-of-care conversations are the best way to discover a patient’s health care wishes and ensure goal-consistent care. When executed well, these discussions elevate the clinician-patient relationship, opening the door to trust, open communication, and shared decision making. In clinical practice, good communication techniques promote patient-centered care and are a cornerstone for conducting effective goals-of-care discussions. […]


A Guide to Employing Shared Decision Making in Clinical Practice

A Guide to Employing Shared Decision Making in Clinical Practice

Published November 16, 2020

Reading Time: 4 minutes Shared decision making (SDM) in healthcare is a communication process that involves a patient and provider collaborating to determine the medical treatment that best fits the patient’s values and preferences. Although there is a preponderance of evidence to support the use of SDM, its adoption into routine medical practice has been slow. In a 2017 […]


Goals-of-Care Conversations: 3 Ways to Improve Your Skills

Goals-of-Care Conversations: 3 Ways to Improve Your Skills

Published October 15, 2020

Reading Time: 3 minutes Goals-of-care conversations help patients with serious illness clarify what they value most and what they hope to see happens with their medical care. Clinicians can use this information to formulate a plan of care around a patient’s values and preferences. Quite often, patients – particularly if they have recently been diagnosed with an illness or […]


How to Integrate Patient Decision Aids into Clinical Practice

How to Integrate Patient Decision Aids into Clinical Practice

Published August 18, 2020

Reading Time: 3 minutes Achieving patient-centered care requires shared decision making to take place between the healthcare provider and patient. One of the best, evidenced-based interventions for achieving meaningful conversations that engage patients to make informed decisions is the practice of using patient decision aids (PDAs). In fact, there are more than 100 published studies that support the use […]


4 Tips for Effective Advance Care Planning Through Telemedicine

4 Tips for Effective Advance Care Planning Through Telemedicine

Published July 8, 2020

Reading Time: 4 minutes As healthcare providers and patients contend with the spread of COVID-19, telemedicine is proving to be a key means for supporting safe access to care. The CDC points out several benefits of offering telehealth services during the public health crisis: Mitigates the spread of COVID-19 through increased social distancing Reduces the strain on healthcare systems […]


A Planning Checklist: Do Your Homework Before Implementation

A Planning Checklist: Do Your Homework Before Implementation

Published April 22, 2020

Reading Time: 4 minutes Quality improvement (QI) initiatives are key to improving clinical outcomes, enhancing patient experience and reducing costs within healthcare organizations. However, an estimated 70% of large-scale change programs fail. Unfortunately, performance improvement efforts that are poorly executed result in very little – if any – sustainable change, while using up time, money and resources. There is […]


Implementation Series:  35+ Considerations for Facilitating an ACP Initiative in an Ambulatory Setting

Implementation Series: 35+ Considerations for Facilitating an ACP Initiative in an Ambulatory Setting

Published January 8, 2020

Reading Time: 5 minutes This four-part implementation series explores expected challenges healthcare organizations may encounter when adopting an improvement initiative. Each article provides tips for effective implementation based on our experience working with organizations to successfully execute an advance care planning initiative. The first installment took a closer look at the challenge of training clinicians to develop the skills […]


Implementation Series:  35+ Considerations for Executing an ACP Initiative in an Inpatient Setting

Implementation Series: 35+ Considerations for Executing an ACP Initiative in an Inpatient Setting

Published December 19, 2019

Reading Time: 5 minutes This four-part implementation series explores expected challenges healthcare organizations may encounter when adopting an improvement initiative. Each article provides tips for effective implementation based on our experience working with organizations to successfully execute an advance care planning initiative. The first installment took a closer look at the challenge of training clinicians to develop the skills […]


Implementation Series:  Identifying Opportunities for Better Clinical Workflows

Implementation Series: Identifying Opportunities for Better Clinical Workflows

Published December 4, 2019

Reading Time: 4 minutes This four-part implementation series explores expected challenges healthcare organizations may encounter when adopting an improvement initiative. Each article provides tips for effective implementation based on our experience working with organizations to successfully execute an advance care planning initiative. The first installment took a closer look at the challenge of training clinicians to develop the skills […]


Implementation Series:  How to Improve Clinician Engagement through Training

Implementation Series: How to Improve Clinician Engagement through Training

Published November 6, 2019

Reading Time: 4 minutes This four-part implementation series explores expected challenges healthcare organizations may encounter when adopting an improvement initiative. Each article provides tips for effective implementation based on our experience working with organizations to successfully execute an advance care planning initiative. The first installment takes a closer look at the challenge of training clinicians to develop the skills […]


How to Communicate More Clearly with Your Patients & Members

How to Communicate More Clearly with Your Patients & Members

Published October 18, 2019

Reading Time: 4 minutes How often do patients really comprehend what they are being told when their doctor explains a medical condition or procedure? Not often enough. A recent study found that only 5% of cancer patients had an accurate understanding of their prognoses. Unfortunately, if a patient is not clear about their treatment options or does not understand […]


5 Tools to Maximize the Effectiveness of Your PDSA Cycles

5 Tools to Maximize the Effectiveness of Your PDSA Cycles

Published September 30, 2019

Reading Time: 3 minutes Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) is a quality improvement method that healthcare teams use to quickly and efficiently test new interventions. This concept involves structured, iterative tests of change. The simplicity of this experimental learning method means that it can be applied to many different situations. While PDSA is easy to follow, it is not meant to be […]


5 Steps to Implementing a Shared Decision-Making Initiative

5 Steps to Implementing a Shared Decision-Making Initiative

Published August 30, 2019

Reading Time: 4 minutes The adoption of shared decision making (SDM) into routine practice is all too often elusive.  Even though SDM is the foundation for patient-centered care, its implementation can be a challenge as a result of numerous barriers.  Understanding SDM SDM happens when patients and their providers work together to determine the best path of medical treatment for each […]


Getting the Conversation Started: Tips for Clinicians

Getting the Conversation Started: Tips for Clinicians

Published July 6, 2019

Reading Time: 4 minutes Over 2.8 million people die in the U.S. every year, and unfortunately, most do not get a say as to how and where their death transpires. With an aging population and medical advances that are extending lives, serious illness conversations are an essential component of quality healthcare delivery.   For many clinicians, broaching the topic of serious […]


Getting the Conversation Started: Tips for Family Members, Friends and Caregivers

Getting the Conversation Started: Tips for Family Members, Friends and Caregivers

Published June 17, 2019

Reading Time: 4 minutes Conversations about death and serious illness are not easy to have. Even though about 90% of people believe that talking about end-of-life decisions is important, only 27% report actually doing so. It’s true: it can be uncomfortable and awkward to bring these topics up with someone you care about.  However, finding a way to discuss what kind […]


6 Questions to Ask When Evaluating the Quality of a Patient Decision Aid

6 Questions to Ask When Evaluating the Quality of a Patient Decision Aid

Published June 11, 2019

Reading Time: 4 minutes As our healthcare system transitions from a one-sided medical decision-making approach to one that involves both patients and clinicians in shared decision-making, the need for tools to enhance this new model has grown. These patient decision aids can come in the form of educational pamphlets, interactive applications, healthcare directive templates, and videos.  On the upside, […]


Championing Advance Care Planning

Championing Advance Care Planning

Published March 18, 2019

Reading Time: 3 minutes Advance care planning doesn’t just happen.  It’s not a conversation most people want to have. They find it uncomfortable and awkward.  Yet, the advance care planning (ACP) process is critically important to ensuring people receive the care they want during a time they cannot speak for themselves. ACP promises a better quality of life when […]


4 Best Practices for Effective Shared Decision Making

4 Best Practices for Effective Shared Decision Making

Published May 26, 2018

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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

Reading Time: 4 minutes 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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