Advance Care Planning in Primary Care

Primary care clinicians have an important role to play in the well-being of their patients. Part of that relationship involves having Advance Care Planning (ACP) discussions with patients and their substitute decision maker (SDM).

Advance Care Planning is a process of thinking about and sharing wishes for future health and personal care. It helps people tell others what would be important if they were ill and unable to communicate.

This website was created to help primary care clinicians implement an ACP process in their family practices as part of a research project. We work closely with the Canadian Speak Up Campaign but currently this web site is tailored to family practices in Ontario.

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The i-GAP Project

Improving Advance Care Planning in General Practice (i-GAP) is a research project that is intended to increase the participation of clinicians, patients and their loved ones in ACP in primary care.

The study is funded by the Canadian Frailty Network, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

Please note that legal requirements around ACP and health care consent (HCC) vary in each province and territory – learn more.