The National End of Life Care programme has launched a “quick check” guide for healthcare professionals detailing the difference between care planning and decisions made in advance.
The four-page guide covers general care planning, advance care planning, and advance decisions to refuse treatment or resuscitation.
Sheila Joseph, National End of Life Care programme national manager for advance care planning and co-wrote of the guide, said: “All high quality care is built on effective dialogue between care professionals and the patient, carers and relatives.
“Care professionals and lawyers need to be clear about the differences between these different areas,” she said.
“They also need robust processes to ensure up to date information and patients wishes are shared between different professional groups,” she added.