Uptake of a newly implemented advance care planning program in a dementia diagnostic service
The researchers found that, despite initial interest, ACP completion was low. They suggest this was possibly because clients and carers felt their current planning was sufficient or possibly because they were still contemplating plans and thus unready to document them. The short timeframe of study was deemed a likely reason for the low follow up in that participants did not have time to understand the principles and practical aspects of ACP to complete the documentation. The authors recommend introducing ACP to people over time to allow for full explanation, full consideration and ongoing discussion.
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