Your patients want to talk about this with you, so why not start today.
As a healthcare provider, you have a role to play in ‘planting the seed’ with your patients. Introduce Advance Care Planning early…you and your patients will be happy you did.
Use the resources below to help you introduce these conversations today.
Resources for Healthcare Providers
SDM Conversation Starters -Start by asking about their Substitute Decision Maker. It is easier than you might think.
ACP Conversation Starters –Try one of these opening lines to help your patients start their conversations.
Clinician Conversation Guide – This guide was produced by Dr. Jeff Myers & Nadia Incardona to help providers facilitate these conversations.
Speak Up Workbook (Ontario Edition) – A great resource you can share with your patients to guide their conversation.
Resources for your Patients
Sharing resources with your patients is a helpful way to get them started in thinking about this information. Sharing correct resources is an important first step. You can then check in next time your patient comes for a visit.
Other Helpful Resources
There are lots of great resources out there designed to support you. Just be sure you are accessing resources that apply in Ontario as the laws across Canada are different.
Ministry of Attorney General
Provincial Reports & Other Documents
Legal Capacity, Decision-making and Guardianship – March 2017 Law Commission Report
Health Care Consent, Advance Care Planning & Goals of Care Practice Tools: The Challenge to Getting this Right – Dec 2016 Law Commission Report