Health Care Collaboration Releases Poll Findings on End-of-Life and Advanced Care Conversations
Monday, April 18, 2016
by: Visiting Nurse Associations of America

Section: Public Policy and Advocacy

The John A. Hartford Foundation, in collaboration with the California Health Care Foundation and the Cambia Foundation, has released the results of a national poll exploring the views of primary care and specialist physicians about end-of-life and advanced care planning conversations with patients.
The poll, titled "Conversation Stopper: What's Preventing Physicians from Talking with Patients About End-of-Life and Advance Care Planning," surveyed 736 physicians who see patients over 65 on a regular basis.
Some of the key findings from the survey include the following:
  • 29% of respondents have received formal training on talking with patients and families about end-of-life care.
  • 29% have a formal system in place at their practice for assessing end of life wishes/goals for care.
  • 95% support the new Medicare benefit that took effect on Jan. 1, 2016.
  • 75% feel it is their responsibility to initiate these conversations.
The organizations plan to continue their research with a series of focus groups with nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, and other health care workers.
View the full report on the survey and its findings. 
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