Respecting Choices

Published Research Involving Respecting Choices®

Hammes, B., Rooney, B.L., & Gundrum, J. (2010). A comparative, retrospective, observational study of the prevalence, availability, and specificity of advance care plans in a county that implemented an advance care planning microsystem. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 58(7), 1249-1255.

Retrospective comparison of medical record and death certificate data of 400 adults who died over a 7-month period in 2007/08 with those of 540 adults who died over an 11-month period in 1995/96. Data published in 2010 showed that of all adult residents of La Crosse County who died in any setting of care in the county over a seven-month period (400), 96 percent had some type of an advance care plan, 99 percent of these plans were available in the patient’s medical record and treatments were consistent with instructions 99 percent of the time.These latest results are a continuation of highly successful advance care planning program that hasbeen in place for more than 20 years.

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