Journal article

A mixed method feasibility study of a patient- and family-centred advance care planning intervention for cancer patients

N Michael, C O'Callaghan, A Baird, K Gough, M Krishnasamy, N Hiscock, J Clayton

BMC PALLIATIVE CARE | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

Background Advance care planning (ACP) is a process whereby values and goals are sensitively explored and documented to uphold patients’ wishes should they become incompetent to make decisions in the future. Evidenced-based, effective approaches are needed. This study sought to assess the feasibility and acceptability of an ACP intervention informed by phase 1 findings and assessed the suitability of measures for a phase 3 trial. Methods Prospective, longitudinal, mixed methods study with convenience sampling. A skilled facilitator conducted an ACP intervention with stage III/IV cancer patients and invited caregivers. It incorporated the vignette technique and optional completion/integratio..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by a grant awarded by the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation.