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End of Life ChoicesConsensus and controversy$
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Fiona Randall and Robin Downie

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199547333

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547333.001.0001

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Choice and Advance Care Planning (ACP): definition, professional responsibilities

Choice and Advance Care Planning (ACP): definition, professional responsibilities

(p.121) 7 Choice and Advance Care Planning (ACP): definition, professional responsibilities
End of Life Choices

Fiona Randall

R. S. Downie (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses concept of advance care planning (ACP) in end of life care and explains the responsibilities of health care professionals in ACP. Properly conducted, ACP is likely to enable patients' previously stated preferences to be understood and taken into account once they have lost capacity. However, there is a risk that the ACP process may give rise to unrealistic patient expectations and in some patients to avoidable emotional distress.

Keywords:   advance care planning, capacity, health care professionals, preferences, patient expectations, emotional distress

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