Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging

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Advance Care Planning

  • Andy Hau Yan HoEmail author
  • Geraldine Tan-Ho
Living reference work entry
DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_1005-1



Advance care planning (ACP) refers to ongoing discussions about shared decision-making in which patients (including residents of long-term care intuitions and clients in community settings), their families, and healthcare providers reflect on patient’s goals, values, and beliefs in relation to their current and future medical care (Detering and Silveira 2016). Ideally, this process documents patients’ future healthcare choices so that the information follows them across healthcare settings and is enacted when needed (Hickman et al. 2005). Such documents may also appoint an agent or proxy decision-maker in the event of incapacity. The ultimate goal of ACP is to help ensure that patients receive medical care that is consistent with their values, goals, and preferences during serious and chronic illnesses (Sudore et al. 2017).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychology Programme, School of Social SciencesNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.Centre for Population Health Sciences (CePHaS), Lee Kong Chian School of MedicineNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore
  3. 3.Palliative Care Centre for Excellence in Research and Education (PalC)SingaporeSingapore

Section editors and affiliations

  • Amy Chow
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  1. 1.Department of Social Work & Social AdministrationThe University of Hong KongHong KongChina