16 June 2009

Video decision support tool for advance care planning in dementia

Video can help patients make end-of-life decisions
Harvard Medical School: 1 June 2009
Viewing a video showing a patient with advanced dementia interacting with family and caregivers may help elderly patients plan for end-of-life care, according to a study led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers.

In their report in the journal BMJ, the investigators found that participants who watched such a video in addition to listening to a verbal description of the condition were more likely to indicate they would choose only comfort care if they developed advanced dementia and also said they felt the video was helpful to their decision-making process.

“Decisions at the end of life can be complex and abstract; the video makes it real,” says Angelo Volandes of the MGH Department of Medicine, the study’s lead author and an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Patients may not have experience with conditions like advanced dementia or the medical interventions involved, other than what they have seen on television or at the movies. Videos of real patients can offer more realistic images.” … > full press release

Related resouces:

View the study video which depicts the principal features of advanced dementia. In the study it was shown to people to assess its effects on their preferences for future medical care if they developed dementia.

View Advanced Care Planning Decisions (Video Decision Aids to improve decision making) by study author Angelo Volandes. This website features a library of narrative videos designed to educate patients about advance care planning, including videos for dementia, cancer, heart disease and pulmonary disease

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