Being able to talk to patients and families is a crucial part of planning care for a person with palliative care needs. Discussions about advance care planning will be needed if this has not already been undertaken.
Understanding the patient's preferences will help identify options and choices. This will inform planning for a home death if that is the patient's wish.
Being able to openly discuss changes in care and talk comfortably about end-of-life issues is important. Patients respect and value this part of a GP’s role.
Plan ahead for discussions about palliative care when possible. Several strategies can help:
Watch the Ten Steps for What to Say and Do video presented by Dr Dian E Meir, Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) (US).
View CEC's PREPARED Communication Guidelines (186kb pdf)
Read Fast Facts: Communication (516kb pdf)
Download CareSearch's Communication Starters (122kb pdf)
Last updated 24 August 2021