Junior doctor survival kit
Advance care planning
What you need to know as a junior doctor
Advance care planning (ACP) is a process that allows patients to make decisions about their future care. As junior doctors we are encouraged to be aware of, and when possible facilitate, this process to improve end of life care of our patients. The aims of ACP can be practical, such as effective coordination and delivery of an individual’s care plan. This may involve many professionals with different roles. ACP also has a social and psychological element, where an individual, their family, or carers need to work together in what for every family is a difficult time—when anticipating the approaching death of a loved one. In this article we discuss ACP, particularly its relevance to junior doctors. The article concludes with a clinical case and suggestions for further reading.
ACP is defined as a discussion between an individual and their healthcare providers regarding their future care. This includes stating a preferred