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Five Wishes Practice Community

Elevating Advance Care Planning in Healthcare

The Five Wishes Practice Community is a collaborative community of healthcare professionals who use the Five Wishes program for advance care planning. The goal of the practice community is to enhance your outcomes and elevate your practice through sharing best practice stories, resources, information, and more.

Membership is free, and available to any health professionals who use any components of the Five Wishes program.


December 17, 2020: Refilling the Cup in a Drought: Resilience for Healthcare Professionals and Teams

  • Many healthcare professionals are experiencing extraordinary levels of both personal and work-related stress, trauma, and grief due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Case counts, available resources, mandates, and support opportunities vary across health systems and geographic areas – while concerns about bringing an infection home to loved ones and changes in how we receive interpersonal support have affected nearly everyone. Our December webinar will focus on resilience in the face of ongoing challenge. We will discuss what resilience is, the factors that contribute to strengthening it, and tips you can practice to help refill your cup – and your team’s cups – during a time of crisis. Get the slide deck here.

September 29, 2020: Shifting Your Advance Care Planning Activities During COVID-19 (and Beyond)

  • Explore why advance care planning (ACP) conversations are increasingly important in the context of COVID-19
  • Discuss challenges and opportunities for ACP activities in the current healthcare environment
  • Review several simple ideas about how you can adjust your ACP activities to accommodate these challenges and opportunities so that conversations are effective, timely, and cover what matters most.

May 20th, 2020 - Virtual Advance Care Planning Conversations: Creating Meaningful Connections Across the Distance

  • Explore how clinicians can embrace virtual telehealth conversations and overcome barriers
  • Learn how video visits can increase access and provide a new care setting
  • Discuss how video visits change and improve the experience for clinicians and patients

February, 27th 2020 - The Structure of Success: Key Components of Effective Advance Care Planning Programs

  • Explore what effectiveness can mean in advance care planning
  • Discuss the value of a program approach to advance care planning
  • Identify the core elements of effective advance care planning programs

December, 12th 2019 - Taking Advance Care Planning System Wide

  • Identify possible benefits of a systems approach to advance care planning for patients and families, community and your organization
  • Learn about system changes and organizational culture shifts that can impact the long-term sustainability of advance care planning outcomes
  • Get tips on ways to use collaboration across organizations and communities to improve access to advance care planning

September 12, 2019 Five Wishes Webinar: Gaining Traction - Increasing Value and Support for your Advance Care Planning (ACP) Program

  • Learn how to make a compelling case for engaging in ACP initiatives
  • Learn the importance of gaining support from a champion and a sponsor
  • Get tips on how to identify ACP projects that can help demonstrate success and give you something to build upon


Five Wishes Practice Community Summer 2019 Newsletter

Tools to Enhance Your Program

Advance Care Planning checkup for healthcare systems

Increasing Value and Support for your Advance Care Planning Program

Taking Advance Care Planning System-Wide

Research Links

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The conversation approach health care providers use with their own families.

The Patient-Preferred Advance Directive According to the the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: Five Wishes was more readable, understandable, appealing, and usable. It seemed to capture patient preferences for end-of-life care more effectively and it more readily facilitated patient-clinician conversations.

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