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The majority of hospitalised elderly people at high risk of dying have thought about end-of-life care, though documentation of preferences in medical records may be lacking
  1. Sarah Jeong
  1. School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle, Ourimbah, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Sarah Jeong, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle, PO Box 127, Ourimbah, NSW 2258, Australia; Sarah.Jeong{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • Nurses are provided with empirical evidence on how they can improve satisfaction with end-of-life experiences and implementing expressed preference for care.

  • Further research should be undertaken to investigate nurses’ current involvement in advanced care planning (ACP) to benefit future activities in acute hospital settings.

  • Further investigation of the roles nurses play in pursuing high levels of engagement in ACP in non-hospital settings is necessary to provide practical guidance to nurses who would like to increase levels of engagement in ACP in various settings.


Since the emergence of advanced care planning (ACP), numerous studies have focused on the difficulties associated with implementing this in various healthcare settings. …

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