Planning is far more than what most patients and many providers believe it to be - that is, it is far more than just "pulling the plug" or turning off a machine. Instead, advance care planning can and should include discussions and document plans that address the "ifs" and ambiguities of living with chronic illness, such as:
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This online version of the book Improving Care for the End of Life: A Sourcebook for Health Care Managers and Clinicians is provided with permission of Americans for Better Care of the Dying [ www.abcd-caring.org ] and Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.
For further information on quality improvement in end-of-life care visit The Palliative Care Policy Center [ www.medicaring.org ].