Initiating Discussions about Advance Directives

  1. Hello! I am an FNP student in Illinois, and I'm interested in Advance Directives and Advance Care Planning. Does anyone have experience with initiating ACP discussions in the Primary Care setting? If so, how do you open the conversation? I found an article that offers some suggestions, but they all seem awkward and insincere. Any insight would be helpful.

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  3. by   traumaRUs
    Hi and welcome. I live in IL and work in nephrology (sorta primary care - lol). This is something I have a lot of experience with. I usually open the discussion with:

    "One of the aspects of your care that I discuss with ALL my patients is end of life. What do you know about advanced directives?" And..then I go from there.