A national advance care planning prevalence study



Aims: To determine the prevalence of advance care planning (ACP) documentation in hospitals, aged care facilities and general practices, and to explore people’s views regarding ACP and advance care directives.
Methods: A national (all jurisdictions) multicentre cross-sectional study consisting of file audit and surveys of persons >65 years in 3 healthcare sectors will occur. 48 participating organizations (30-50 participants each); including 16 aged care facilities, will be included. The primary outcome will be the number of people who have documentation of ACP and/or ACDs that can be located in records within 15 mins.
Findings: This 12-month project is being conducted in 2017. Data collection instruments have been developed, and recruitment processes are underway. Early results will be presented, and discussed, including contrast and comparison across settings and jurisdictions.
Conclusions. Study results will inform future steps toward improved ACP implementation strategies and evaluation processes, including implementation into aged care.


Rasa Ruseckaite

Monash University

Rasa works on a collaborative project between Advance Care Planning Australia and the Centre of Research Excellence in Patient Safety, at the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine. As a senior research fellow she is leading a national advance care planning study to determine the prevalence of advance care documentation in acute hospitals, aged care facilities and general practices. Advance care planning provides an opportunity for people to think, discuss and plan for the medical treatment they would prefer if they became too ill in the future to express their wishes.