The i-GAP Project
Advance Care Planning (ACP) is a process of thinking about and sharing wishes for future health and personal care. It helps people tell others what they would want in the future if they were unable to speak for themselves.
i-GAP is a research project that is intended to increase the participation of patients and families in advance care planning and to stimulate conversations between these patients and their families and their health care providers in primary care settings.
i-GAP is working with primary care practices to:
- Identify the barriers and facilitators to implementing ACP in primary care.
- Assess the extent to which patients in primary care currently complete key components of ACP.
- Identify, and create/adapt tools to improve ACP engagement in primary care.
- Measure the impact of these tools and approaches.
Did you know?
Earlier research has demonstrated that ACP can increase quality of life for dying patients, improve family and caregiver experiences and decrease health care costs.3
Recent Project News:
- Read recent i-GAP study news
- Read about Dr. Carrie Bernard, a family physician and one of the founding researchers for the i-GAP project.
- Read Dr. Lenore Zou’s story about having ACP conversations with patients who don’t want to talk
- Read Dr. Amy Tan’s story explaining why she’s passionate about advance care planning
- Read Dr. Daren Heyland’s story a critical care physician talking to his family about ACP
- Read the i-GAP team’s opinion article in Canadian Family Physician – “Advance Care Planning – let’s start sooner”
- Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, The Way Forward Survey: General/Family Practitioners and Nurses in Primary Care, for The Way Forward initiative, Ipsos Reid: 2014.
- Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, What Canadians Say: The Way Forward Survey Report, for The Way Forward initiative, Harris/Decima: 2013.
- Wright, AA, et al. Associations between end-of-life discussions, patient mental health, medical care near death, and caregiver bereavement adjustment, JAMA, 2008, 300(14) 1665-1673.