Respecting Choices

Design and Integration

Respecting Choices® recognizes the ability of any health system, organization, or community to achieve their desired person-centered care outcomes is dependent on a commitment to designing key advance care planning (ACP) systems.

These systems must be hardwired into routines of care to assist healthcare professionals and providers in delivering consistent, evidence-based care. This level of commitment to systems design requires leadership buy-in and a commitment to human and financial resources.

Respecting Choices Design and Integration


The Design and Integration course is intended for healthcare and community leaders (administrators, managers, program directors, ACP coordinators, and others) and clinicians (physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, social workers, and others) who are interested in integrating an effective ACP program within their organization or community. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.


The Respecting Choices Design and Integration course is to build skills to design an effective program with the goal of integrating person-centered decision making as a standard of care. The course is organized around a framework that supports keeping the promises/ processes necessary for a sustainable program. The course blends in workgroup activities that give the learner the freedom to adapt the elements to be effective in their specific program.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, the participant will be able to:

1.    Describe the Respecting Choices evidence-based, systematic approach to creating a sustainable person-centered decision making (PCDM) program.
2.    Identify five promises, when kept, that integrate PCDM into standard practice.
3.    Define four design elements that support keeping each promise, including measuring success of PCDM programs.
4.    Explain the role of leadership in accomplishing the goals of PCDM.
5.    Apply knowledge and use toolkits adaptable to design workflows and plans specific to your program.

The Respecting Choices Design and Integration course is provided: