This billingual article describes the findings of a cross-sectional, self-administered survey of Canadian family physicians and other health professionals investigating perceived barriers and enablers of advance care planning (ACP) in the primary care setting. 9 pages. Last reviewed March 2019.

The authors aimed to identify opportunities for physicians to engage in ACP discussions and to characterize physician's responses to these opportunities. 7 pages. Last reviewed March 2019.

The authors conducted a systematic review to identify relevant contextual elements, program features, implementation principles, and impacted outcomes to inform policy and practice. 49 pages. Last reviewed March 2019.

This report describes the evaluation of an evidence-based communication skills training for health and social care professionals. 4 pages. Last reviewed March 2019.

The authors explored how discussions about life-sustaining treatment occur and examined the factors which influence physician’s communication strategies with the aim of providing novel insights into how communication can be improved. 15 pages. Last reviewed March 2019.

The authors conducted a narrative review of evidence regarding advance care planning and end-of-life communication. 10 pages. Last reviewed March 2019.

This article provides an overview of differing definitions and legislation used related to advance care planning and goals of care across Canada.  The authors aim to provide ideas on facilitating discussions and highlight opportunities to start these conversations with patients and substitute decision makers. 9 pages. Last reviewed March 2019.

In this article, the authors reviewed what was known about the skills and strategies necessary for meaningful and effective end of life conversations and the role of interdisciplinary approaches to these conversations. 8 pages. Last reviewed March 2019.

This paper reviews the literature about the importance of communication in deliverying bad news, the status of communication training, communication strategies and psychosocial interventions. 5 pages. Last reviewed March 2019.

This article provides a review of epidemiological findings focusing on illicit drug use disorders and nonmedical use of prescription drugs in older adults 50 years and older. 20 pages. Last reviewed March 2019.

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