Patient values informing medical treatment: a pilot community and advance care planning survey

Milnes, S. et al. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care | Published Online: 2 March 2017

Objectives: We sought to identify priorities of care for patients attending an advance care planning (ACP) clinic and among the general population, and to identify factors associated with priorities other than prolonging life.

Conclusions: ‘Living as long as possible’ was not the most important value for ACP patients, or for a younger general population. Prioritisation of other goals appeared to be independent of extreme age or illness. When end of life treatment is being discussed with patients, priorities other than merely prolonging life should be considered.

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