Reexamining Advance Care Planning

Chris Herman, MSW, LICSW

Aging,Behavioral Health, Hospice & Palliative Care, Health

Practice Perspectives


Advance care planning is a process that enables individuals to determine and communicate their goals for health care. Clients’ engagement in advance care planning varies widely and may be influenced by multiple factors. Such variation requires reexamination of assumptions underlying the U.S. health care paradigm. To facilitate advance care planning effectively, social workers must understand each client’s values and biopsychosocial context and tailor interventions accordingly.

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