Thinking Outside the Visit: Primary Care Patient Perspectives on Helpful Advance Care Planning Methods
Advance care planning (ACP) is the process of planning for future medical care with the goal of helping patients receive care aligned with their preferences. Patients who engage in ACP with their primary care provider (PCP) report increased satisfaction and quality of life, and ACP is a key quality metric in primary care.1,2 Unfortunately, rates of ACP engagement remain low, with PCPs identifying lack of time during visits as a major barrier.3,4 Although tools exist to engage patients in ACP outside of the traditional primary care visit, patient perspectives of the acceptability of these methods are unknown. This qualitative study explored patients’ perceptions and acceptability of various ACP outreach methods available to directly engage patients outside of an office visit.
Drs. Leyde, Min, and Suen were funded by the 2018 UCSF Pathways to Discovery Grant for Resident Research. Dr. Sudore is funded in part by the National Institute in Aging (K24AG054415).
Compliance with Ethical Standards
This study was approved by the Institutional Review Board at the UCSF.
Conflict of Interest
The authors declare that they do not have a conflict of interest.
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