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Advance Care Planning in End of Life Care$
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Keri Thomas, Ben Lobo, and Karen Detering

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198802136

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198802136.001.0001

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Advance care planning: a personal view and stories from the frontline

Advance care planning: a personal view and stories from the frontline

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(p.69) Chapter 7 Advance care planning: a personal view and stories from the frontline
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Advance Care Planning in End of Life Care
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Tony Bonser

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198802136.003.0007

This chapter includes a personal view of advance care planning (ACP) from Tony Bonser, whose son, Neil died aged 35 and who now works for the National Council for Palliative Care, with examples from others. It describes the importance and impact of ACP on people nearing the end of life and their families, and recommends that ACP should be mainstreamed across health and social care as part of good practice, and become part of the public debate through movements like Dying Matters. It affirms that ACP: enables a dialogue to be started; must be centred on patients and enable the implementation of patient wishes; will centre on giving advice rather than prescribing outcomes; has positive effects; needs high-level communication skills; helps restore control; and has societal implications.

Keywords:   advance care planning, person-centred, choice, dialogue, empowerment, control, communication, the role of society

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