Applying the Preferred Priorities for Care document in practice
Joanne Reynolds End of life care facilitator, Wirral Community NHS Trust, Merseyside
Sue Croft Clinical nurse specialist (specialist palliative care), Wirral Community NHS Trust, Merseyside
Patient choice and control should be central to the delivery of high-quality, end of life care. Advance care planning (ACP) is a process through which a patient’s choices and preferences for care can be discussed and documented. It also enables patients to express what they would want to happen to them in the event that they lose capacity to make decisions. This article focuses on the use of the patient-held Preferred Priorities for Care (PPC) document, an example of an ACP tool. This article aims to provide a greater understanding of the PPC document as an end of life care tool and increase practitioners’ knowledge, confidence and competence in undertaking ACP conversations with patients and their carers. Four case studies are provided to link theory to practice.
Nursing Standard. 25, 36, 35-42. doi: 10.7748/ns2011.05.25.36.35.c8515