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Advance Care Planning in End of Life Care

Keri Thomas and Ben Lobo


Advance Care Planning is an essential part of the new NHS National Programme on End-of-Life Care, aiming to improve the chances of ‘a good death’ by discussing and planning how this might be managed. This book helps readers explore a wide range of issues and practicalities in providing Advance Care Planning (ACP) for their patients nearing the end of life. This book takes a comprehensive look at the subject of ACP; frames the purpose, process, and outcomes; and includes contributions from experts from around the world.

Keywords: Advance Care Planning, NHS, good death, ACP, end of life

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199561636
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199561636.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Keri Thomas, editor
Clinical Lead for the National Gold Standards Framework Centre, Honorary Professor in End of Life Care, University of Birmingham, UK, Royal College of General Practitioners Clinical Champion in End of Life Care, and Clinical Director for Omega, the National Association of End of Life Care, UK

Ben Lobo, editor
National Clinical Lead for Advance Decisions to Refuse Treatment; Medical Director; and Consultant Physician and Community Geriatrician, Derbyshire Community Health Service, Derbyshire County PCT, UK

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Section 1 Introduction to Advance Care Planning: why do it?

Chapter 3 Listening to the patient's voice

Heidi Macleod, David Oliver, and Don Redding

Section 2 Context in the UK

Chapter 7 Advance Care Planning for the end of life

Claire Henry, and Sheila Joseph

Section 3 The UK experience of ACP: what's happening now?

Chapter 12 Experience of use of Advance Care Planning in care homes

Deborah Holman, Nikki Sawkins, and Jo Hockley

Chapter 13 Advance Care Planning in the community

Bruce Mason, Dierdra Sives, and Scott A Murray

Chapter 16 Issues around capacity

Lynn Gibson, Dorothy Matthews, and Claud Regnard

Section 4 International experience of ACP: what can we learn from other countries?

Section 5 Practicalities and getting going

Chapter 23 Communication skills and Advance Care Planning

Jackie Beavan, Carolyn Fowler, and Sarah Russell