Chapter 7: Initiating, Facilitating, and Honoring Conversations about Future Medical Care

Bernard Hammes, PhD, and Linda Briggs, RN, MSN, MA, offer a guide for health care workers on how to initiate and facilitate conversations about advanced care planning with their patients. The chapter gives four primary suggestions: initiate the conversation in a way that builds a good therapeutic relationship; understand the patient's values and experiences; help him or her understand specific possible care scenerios; and, assist in the selection of a surrogate decision-maker.

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