Introducing a Supportive Care Team for Advance Directive Education in a Neurological and Neurosurgical Patient Population

Congratulations to Charlotte Henke MSc, Emily Mroz MS, PhDc, Ngoc Anh Le MPHc, Hannah M Gregory DOc, Ashley Ghiaseddin MD, Nikolaus R McFarland MD, PhD, and Jacqueline Baron-Lee PhD, on the publication of “Introducing a Supportive Care Team for Advance Directive Education in a Neurological and Neurosurgical Patient Population,” in the Journal of Patient Experience June issue.

Patient-centered care includes delineation of patient treatment values (ie, advance care planning [ACP]). Advance care planning often includes advance directive (AD) completion and is underutilized, particularly among neurology and neurosurgery patients. Implementation of a supportive care team (SCT) in outpatient clinic settings may offer opportunities for AD education and completion.

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Across the data collection period, 2770 encounters were initiated. The majority of encounters resulted in patient ACP education. Some patients completed ADs during their SCT encounter (3.45%) or after their SCT encounter (10.18%).

The SCT effectively enhances ACP education in this patient population. The utilization of trained interns to assist with ACP is beneficial and practical in clinic workflow.