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09/13/2018

Patient Decision Aids for End of Life Care – 23 PDAs Get Certified

The Washington State Health Care Authority has certified 23 patient decision aids relating to end of life care.


Certification assures these evidence-based educational tools present information that is readily comprehensible, accurate, up-to-date, and unbiased. Massive evidence shows that use of patient decision aids leads to increased knowledge, more accurate risk perception, and fewer patients remaining passive or undecided about their care. 


CPR: advanced cancer
Explores whether or not a patient with advanced cancer would like CPR attempted in the hospital.


CPR: advanced disease
Explores whether or not a patient with advanced disease would like CPR attempted in the hospital.


CPR: advanced heart failure
Explores whether or not a patient with advanced heart failure would like CPR attempted in the hospital. 


CPR: advanced liver disease
Explores whether or not a patient with advanced liver disease would like CPR attempted in the hospital.


CPR: advanced lung disease
Explores whether or not a patient with advanced lung disease would like CPR attempted in the hospital.


CPR: a closer look for people with a serious illness
Explores whether or not a patient with a serious illness would like CPR attempted in the hospital.


Decisions about dialysis for patients 75 and older
Explores treatment options for patients with end-stage renal disease or advanced chronic kidney disease.


Goals of care: advanced cancer
Explores what level of medical care a patient with advanced cancer desires in a health care setting.


Goals of care: advanced dementia
Explores what level of medical care a patient with advanced dementia desires in a health care setting.


Goals of care: advanced disease
Explores what level of medical care a patient with advanced disease desires in a health care setting.


Goals of care: advanced heart failure
Explores what level of medical care a patient with advanced heart failure desires in a health care setting.


Goals of care: advanced lung disease
Explores what level of medical care a patient with advanced lung disease desires in a health care setting.


Goals of care: family meetings in the ICU
Explores what level of medical care a surrogate (health care proxy, family or friends) desires for their loved one in an intensive care unit setting.


Goals of care: skilled nursing facility
Explores what level of medical care a patient desires in a health care setting, specifically the skilled nursing facility.


Hospice: advanced cancer
Explores whether or not a patient with advanced cancer wishes to receive hospice care; reviews what hospice is, the benefits and limits of hospice, and the goal of hospice.


Hospice: skilled nursing facility
Explores whether or not a patient in a skilled nursing facility wishes to receive hospice care; reviews what hospice is, the benefits and limits of hospice, and the goal of hospice.


Hospice: an introduction
Explores whether or not a patient wishes to receive hospice care; reviews what hospice is, the benefits and limits of hospice, and the goal of hospice.


Supporting decisions involving extremely premature infants
Explores decisions surrounding medical care for infants born extremely premature; reviews the two general approaches that neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) use for medical care for extremely premature infants, namely, life-prolonging care and comfort care.

CPR decision aid
Individuals are guided to consider what care they would want if their heart and breathing stops. This decision aid will help an individual consider his/her options for CPR and personal values.


Help with breathing decision aid
Individuals are guided to consider what care they would like if they were not able to breathe on their own. This may occur if a person has a problem, like pneumonia, from his/her serious illness. This pneumonia perhaps can be treated, but the person would need help with breathing. This decision aid will help an individual consider his/her options and personal values.


Long-term tube feeding decision aid
Individuals are guided to consider what care they would want if their illness or disability made it hard to swallow and they were no longer able to eat or drink enough by mouth to maintain nutrition. This decision aid will help an individual consider his/her options and personal values and beliefs.


Medical care for serious illness
Gives patients and caregivers information about the importance of participating in treatment decisions during advanced serious illness, stressing the importance of advance care planning to avoid treatments that patients may not want, particularly in situations when they can no longer make medical decisions independently for themselves.


Advanced lung cancer patient decision aid
Helps patients with advanced stage non-small cell lung cancer choose between supportive care and anticancer care, supportive care alone and non-treatment.

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