More Health Care Organizations Use Five Wishes than Any Other Advance Directive. Here's Why.
60% of Americans report that they want their wishes respected at the end of life
70% of those Americans have not completed an advance directive
80% of those diagnosed with a terminal illness want to have an end-of-life conversation with their physician
Physicians, hospitals, hospices, and other providers have encouraged advance care planning for decades, but with mixed results. Healthcare professionals don’t want to play referee when there is a family disagreement about what kind of treatment to provide.
Five Wishes is America’s most popular advance care planning tool because it’s written in clear, everyday language, and because it goes further than traditional advance directives – addressing the emotional, spiritual, and personal aspects of care. Five Wishes fosters and supports values-based conversations and communication between clinicians, patients, and families about what matters to most to patients.
Five Wishes is the only advance directive that invites people to consider and identify what brings them comfort, how they want to be treated, and what they want their loved ones and others to know.
That’s why thousands of healthcare providers – including some of America’s largest health systems and health plans, teaching hospitals and community hospitals, medical schools and physician networks – use Five Wishes.
Five Wishes helps address areas that are critical in shaping the patient experience.
• Encourages communication with patients and caregivers
• Helps start conversations about care decisions
• Can help avoid unnecessary hospitalizations and readmissions because patients have laid out a clear path for their medical wishes in case of a change or crisis
• Supports culturally competent care as it is available in 28 different languages
Using Five Wishes
Thousands of health systems and medical facilities use Five Wishes as part of their Advance Care Planning programs. Some ways it can be useful in your system:
• Provide Five Wishes for every patient to encourage conversations about healthcare decisions.
• Use Five Wishes training materials for staff and patient education about advance care planning.
• Provide Five Wishes to staff as part of your employee wellness initiative. Encourage staff to have these important conversations with family and friends.
• Use customized, branded Five Wishes as a community outreach tool with faith communities, civic organizations and employers. Increase the visibility of your programs with the public, and increase the likelihood that conversations about care preferences will occur long before a health crisis.
• Use customized Five Wishes as an outreach tool with care partners and referral sources. Show them that you encourage value-based care conversations and excellent patient care through Five Wishes.
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