St. Paul's social worker comments on advanced care planning

Discussions around end-of-life care are not the easiest to have for Canadians, according to a recent national poll. Advocates of advance care planning say that these talks with loved ones and doctors increase overall patient satisfaction and reduce strain on caregivers and family.

Six out of 10 Canadians believe that it is extremely important to talk to someone about their end-of-life preferences, but a Harris/Decima poll indicates that only 45 per cent have done so.

“It appears that while Canadians seem to know that it’s important to talk about end-of-life preferences when they are healthy, they are also quick to find excuses for not doing it,” said Louise Hanvey, project manager for Advance Care Planning in Canada.

Chris Bolster Reports

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