Attitudes to advance care planning

People may have various attitudes about advance care planning.

Some people may not feel the need to express their values, beliefs and preferences because they feel that family and loved ones will understand these anyway when making substitute decisions for them.

Some people may want to explain what values, beliefs and preferences are important to them, but they are happy for their family or loved ones to make substitute decisions on their behalf about specific treatments.

Some people will want substitute decision-makers to consider their values, beliefs and preferences in any decisions they make on their behalf, but they also want to give instructions about specific treatments they would, and would not, consent to in the future.

Guidelines for completing advance care planning worksheets