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#wortharead: Round-up of journal articles about advance care planning

Author: Sarah Russell
16 May 2017

As part of a regular review of journal articles Sarah Russell highlights recent journal publications that are “worth a read” about advance care planning.

Do a quick “advance care planning” search on PubMed, the MEDLINE database of references and abstracts on life sciences and biomedical topics, and you will get 9281 hits. Do the same on the online search engine GoogleScholar  and you will see 1,450,000 results.

So what is #wortharead at the moment? Here are a few to start off with:

Journal Pain and Symptom Management

Defining Advance Care Planning for Adults: A Consensus Definition From a Multidisciplinary Delphi Panel. An international Delphi study to develop a consensus definition of advance care planning for adults.

Behavioral Sciences

Upstreaming and normalising Advance Care Planning Conversations - A Public Health Approach. A paper from the USA arguing to upstream advance care planning discussions into usual health promotion activities,

BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care

How are non numerical prognostic statements interpreted and are they subject to positive bias . A short report from the USA about language and prognosis discussions

Poor prognostication hidden meanings in word choices. A letter from the USA about how language is employed and understood

Patient values informing medical treatment: a pilot community and advance care planning survey. A study from Australia and the UK using the survey tool ‘What Matters Most’ to identify values.

Affording opportunities to discuss deterioration in paediatric palliative care consultations: a conversation analytic study. A study from Australia about discussing the potential deterioration of a child who has a life-limiting condition.

Advance Care Planning in Dementia: ‘living well’ with an uncertain future. A study from the UK about use of advance care planning amongst spousal couples affected by dementia.

Palliative Medicine

How healthcare systems evaluate their advance care planning initiatives: Results from a systematic review. A systematic review of what measures are used to evaluate advance care planning interventions.

Experiences and perspectives of older people regarding advance care planning: A meta-synthesis of qualitative studies. An international review to understand the experiences and perspectives of older people regarding advance care planning.

Advance Care planning , palliative care, and end-of-life care interventions for homeless people: A systematic review. A paper from Canada looking at the evidence surrounding advance care planning, palliative care, and end-of-life care interventions for homeless people.

Standardized patient simulation  versus didactic teaching alone for improving residents’ communication skills when discussing goals of care and resuscitation: A randomized controlled trial. A study from Canada looking at whether standardized patient simulation offers benefit over didactic sessions alone for improving skill and comfort discussing goals of care.

In her next #wortharead review, Sarah will be highlighting articles about the use of social media in clinical care.

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