Improving Advance Care Planning Documentation
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Although patients and providers feel advance directives are helpful to communicate end of life wishes, many patients do not have an advance directive. Some barriers to completion of advanced directives identified by patients can be overcome by providers who are willing to engage in end of life discussions with their patients and provide resources or assistance with completing the appropriate documentation. For providers who may be less informed about advance care planning or are intimidated by initiating discussions, this article may be especially useful. Information is provided about the different types of advance care planning documents available and their specific benefits. Some useful on-line resources are also provided including information on obtaining advance directive documents.