The advance care planning nurse facilitator: Describing the role and identifying factors associated with successful implementation

Jeremy Rogers, Charlotte Goldsmith, Craig Sinclair, Kirsten Auret

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Abstract

Advance care planning (ACP) has been shown to improve end-of-life care, yet uptake remains limited. Interventions aimed at increasing ACP uptake have often used a 'specialist ACP facilitator' model. The present qualitative study appraised the components of an ACP facilitator intervention comprising nurse-led patient screening and ACP discussions, as well as factors associated with the successful implementation of this model in primary care and acute hospital settings across rural and metropolitan Western Australia. Semistructured interviews were undertaken with 17 health professionals who were directly or indirectly involved in the facilitator ACP intervention among patients with severe respiratory disease. Additional process data (nurse facilitator role description, agreements with participating sites) were used to describe the nurse facilitator role. The interview data identified factors associated with successful implementation, including patient factors, health professional factors, ACP facilitator characteristics and the optimal settings for the intervention. The primary care setting was seen as most appropriate, and time limitations were a key consideration. Factors associated with successful implementation included trusting relationships between the nurse facilitator and referring doctor, as well as opportunities for meaningful encounters with patients. This study suggests a model of ACP nurse facilitation based in primary care may be an acceptable and effective method of increasing ACP uptake.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)564-569
Number of pages6
JournalAustralian Journal of Primary Health
Volume25
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Nov 2019

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