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End of life: how to raise advance care planning with patients

Nurses can find it difficult to discuss how a patient wishes to die. Find out how to initiate conversations, communicate clearly and establish what patients want

Nurses can find it difficult to discuss how a patient wishes to die. Find out how to initiate conversations, communicate clearly and establish what patients want

  • When done well, advance care planning offers a chance for individuals to record their wishes related to end of life care while they still have full capacity
  • Advance care plans should make the person’s wishes clear and should be documented, communicated to family and friends where requested, and reviewed regularly
  • Advice on how to have conversations about death, and how to guide patients through the process

Death is inevitable, which makes having conversations about it vitally important.

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