Theme 3. Employing and empowering the patient and caregiver perspective
Advances in medical treatment mean that more Ontarians can expect to live longer with more complex health conditions. As a result, parents, children, and families will be called on more often to make increasingly challenging health care decisions for their loved ones. The objective is to help people understand how health care decisions are made in Ontario and the key role Advance Care Planning (ACP) conversations can play in preparing patients and their Substitute Decision Makers for future health care decision making. ACP conversations are recognized as a valuable part of quality health care, however, these conversations must become integrated into the continuum of care. The longstanding relationships primary care providers have with their patients provide an ideal environment to introduce ACP. This session will review the fundamentals of ACP in Ontario and how ACP can be embedded into primary care practice. Participants will learn about the strategies used by Waterloo Wellington’s ACP Education Program, and partners, to build capacity for ACP in primary care. This session will highlight different models that have been implemented so that session participants can consider options for their own practices. We will demonstrate an EMR tool developed to inform clinicians about ACP and encourage them to start discussions with their patients. It enables them to inform their patients, guide them through the process, and document information in the EMR about a patient’s Substitute Decision Maker(s) in an efficient and easily accessible format, which is not part of the built in functionality of the EMR’s.
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