Advance Care Planning (ACP) enables individuals to define goals and preferences for future medical treatment and care, to discuss these goals and preferences with family and healthcare providers, and to record and review these preferences if appropriate. ACP may be especially relevant for frail older people since this population is most likely to develop physical and cognitive deficits in the near future and most likely to have to rely on others to communicate their treatment preferences. This thesis describes the effects of an ACP program in a randomized controlled trial among frail older people in the Netherlands, and concludes with recommendations for clinical practice and future research.

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A. van der Heide (Agnes) , J.A.C. Rietjens (Judith) , I.J. Korfage (Ida)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Department of Public Health

Overbeek, A. (2019, April 3). Advance Care Planning In Frail Older People In The Netherlands. Retrieved from