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Advance Care Planning Cardsort

Advance Care Planning Cardsort

University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Denise Minton, MD, PhD
Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
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One-hour exercise to stimulate discussion and learning about advance directives for small to medium groups. Introduction and wrap-up are very brief powerpoint presentations. Full instructions are included.

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Basic knowledge of advance care planning. Learners should be able to: 1) Compare and contrast advance directives, living wills, health care proxies and instructional directives 2) Compare and contrast decisional capacity and competence 3) Identify resources available to patients for advance care planning

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Has been used for groups as small as 3 and as large as 25. It has worked well for medical students, residents, geriatric fellows and clinical support staff (case managers, social workers, etc). It works particularly well with mixed learning environments. This has been used in medical school classes and geriatric interest rounds. Learners should have some basic knowledge, but the card sort helps to identify level of knowledge and also identifies misconceptions to allow building on current knowledge base. It stimulates a rich discussion and is interactive to keep learning fun. A great option for an afternoon lecture.

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Denise Minton

Suggested Citation:
Denise Minton. Advance Care Planning Cardsort. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2007 Available from: