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Advance Care Planning resource launched

A new online resource led by Queen’s University Belfast has been developed to enable carers and their families to make informed decisions around end-of-life care.

The online COVID-centric advance care planning resource for UK care home staff and family carers aims to increase awareness of Advance Care Planning and support shared decision making during a COVID-19 outbreak.   

Advance care planning (ACP) is a process that supports adults at any age or stage of health in understanding and sharing their personal values and preferences regarding future care and realistic treatment choices. Not only does ACP enable patients and their families to make informed healthcare decisions, it also supports the delivery of high quality care.   

The online resource was developed in partnership with researchers from the International Observatory on End of Life Care at Lancaster University, Dementia UK and Marie Curie Hospice, Edinburgh. The work was co-funded by the Economic and Social Research Council as part of the UK Research and Innovations rapid response to COVID-19, and the Health and Social Care Research and Development Division (HSC R&D Division) of the Public Health Agency in NI.   

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