Advance Care Planning in Homeless Healthcare

Thursday, May 17, 2018: 8:30 AM
Lakeshore C (Hyatt Regency Minneapolis)
Laura Kaplan-Weisman, MD (Family Physician, The Institute for Family Health, Care for the Homeless)
Sara Sansone, RN (Graduate Student Intern, Institute for Family Health and MS/MPH Student, The CUNY School of Public Health and Hunter School of Nursing in Urban Public Health)
Discussing and documenting end-of-life wishes in adults experiencing homelessness is a high priority. In this presentation, we will review the results of our research analyzing advance care planning discussions during routine primary care at five outpatient homeless clinics in New York City over a 14-month period. This is the first study performed in a non-research setting demonstrating the feasibility of advance care planning in homeless primary care. We will then discuss best practices in identifying and completing advance care directives and leading advance care planning discussions.