Older people’s views on advance care planning


  • A survey of people aged 65 years or older in the east midlands found that only 5% respondents said that they had been offered an opportunity to talk about advance care planning by a health or social care professional.
  • Around a third of respondents said they would be interested in attending sessions on advance care planning or discussing the topic with their GP.
  • Health and social care professionals should encourage people to make plans about their future care, even if only informally with their families.
  • Informal conversations within families need to be supported by lasting powers of attorney to give them a legal basis.
N0036856 Arthritic hands resting on a walking stick
image source: Libby Welch, Wellcome Images//CC BY-NC-ND 4.0






Read the full article via Eyes on Evidence

Full reference: Musa, I et al. A survey of older peoples’ attitudes towards advance care planning. Age Ageing (2015) 44 (3): 371-376.


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