Respecting Choices

About Us

Respecting Choices® is an internationally recognized, evidence-based system for person-centered decision making that transforms the healthcare culture by honoring an individual’s goals and values.

In 1999, Respecting Choices launched the national platform of this comprehensive program with the tagline “An Advance Care Planning System that Works.”

This branding as an “advance care planning” (ACP) program didn’t fully represent the outcomes that were achieved.

To more accurately capture the Respecting Choices mission and approach, the branding was revised in 2016 to “A System for Person-Centered Decision Making that Transforms Healthcare.”

This rebranding better represents both the goals and outcomes of an effective program.

Respecting Choices’s goal is to design a system of person-centered care that is guided by the best scientific evidence and is aligned with an individual’s goals and values.

This system requires a shared decision-making process that involves respectful interaction among providers, individuals, and families, and keeps the focus of planning on what matters most to each and every person for any healthcare decision.

Through a systematic approach in designing and integrating ACP processes, the goal of honoring an individual’s healthcare decisions can be achieved.


This is the ultimate promise of a person-centered healthcare culture.

Respecting Choices® Mission/Vision

Respecting Choices Mission Guide organizations and communities worldwide to effectively implement and sustain evidence-based systems that provide...

History of Respecting Choices®

The origin of Respecting Choices stems back to 1985 when its founder, Bud Hammes, had just started his...

Respecting Choices® Faculty

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Advisory Groups

Consistent with its mission to create and update services, curriculum, and other materials, Respecting Choices® strives to...

Governing Board

Respecting Choices Governing Board Tom Koutsoumpas Co-Chair of Governing Board President and CEO, National Partnership for Hospice...