Laws regulating advance care planning (ACP) have been in place in all 50 states since 1992 to help assure that patients receive care at the end of life that is consistent with their values and treatment preferences. However, according to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)1, at this time, fewer than 40 percent of U.S. adults have created a living will.

Goal of advance care planning

The goal of advance care planning (ACP) is to allow patients to retain control over the life-prolonging treatment they receive. It is a process that at its best includes communication between patients, their family, and their healthcare providers and is done with consideration of the patient’s relationships and culture.

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