Advanced care planning: a study on home health nurses

Laurie A Badzek, Nan Leslie, Renee Unice Schwertfeger, Pamela Deiriggi, Jacqueline Glover, Laura Friend
Applied Nursing Research: ANR 2006, 19 (2): 56-62
The purpose of this research was to assess home health nurses' (HHNs) knowledge, comfort levels, barriers, and personal participation in advanced care planning (ACP), a practice that recognizes patient preferences for health care treatment. Licensed nurses who identified home care as their primary area of practice (N = 519) were surveyed about their knowledge of laws governing ACP and their perceptions of patients' preferences for ACP. Most respondents were women (97%), and the average age of the respondents was 54 years. Most nurses felt knowledgeable and capable of educating patients on advance directives (ADs), although the nurses' knowledge of laws governing ACP was limited and often inaccurate. Generally, nurses felt comfortable during ACP discussions with patients and families. HHNs perceived patient or family reluctance as the greatest barrier hindering discussions of ACP. No association was found between level of education and whether a nurse had a personal AD. Twenty percent of the nurses had their valid personal AD. A greater knowledge base concerning ACP would facilitate HHN discussions with patients and families. Recognition of patient preferences can be enhanced by understanding and overcoming barriers that hinder discussions of ACP. Educational opportunities focusing on ACP are encouraged for all health care providers.

Full Text Links

Find Full Text Links for this Article


You are not logged in. Sign Up or Log In to join the discussion.

Related Papers

Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Save your favorite articles in one place with a free QxMD account.


Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"