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Digital assets should be included in advance care planning discussions for patients receiving palliative care
  1. Mohammad Al Qadire1,
  2. Hanan Abdelrahman2,3
  1. 1Adult Health Department, Faculty of Nursing, Al al-Bayt University, Mafraq, Jordan
  2. 2Adult Health and Critical Care, College of Nursing, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman
  3. 3Faculty of Nursing, Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt
  1. Correspondence to Professor Mohammad Al Qadire, Al al-Bayt University, Mafraq, Jordan; mohammadqadire{at}

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Commentary on: Stanley S, Higginbotham K, Finucane A, Nwosu AC. A grounded theory study exploring palliative care healthcare professionals’ experiences of managing digital legacy as part of advance care planning for people receiving palliative care. Palliat Med. 2023 Oct;37(9):1424–1433. doi: 10.1177/02692163231194198. Epub 2023 Aug 23.

Implications for practice and research

  • Digital legacy could be incorporated into advance care planning policies in practice, with explicit inclusion in advance care planning documents.

  • Further research is required to explore the diverse facets of digital legacies within various patient populations and cultural backgrounds.


The rapid growth of technology, including increased internet access and smartphone usage, has made digital legacy management an important aspect of end-of-life care. Digital legacy refers to the digital assets and online presence that individuals leave behind after they pass away.1 However, a study on healthcare professionals indicated that a significant majority …

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  • MAQ and HA contributed equally.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.