Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning is a process that prepares you and your family to make decisions about your future health care and personal care.


It supports you in understanding and sharing your thoughts about:

  • what matters most to you;
  • who makes health-care decisions for you if you cannot; and
  • what health care treatments you would or would not want.

Knowing in advance your values, beliefs and wishes as they relate to health care, will help you get the care that’s right for you.

The Centre’s ACP initiative aims to promote person-centred care by:

  • Normalizing ACP conversations among the public, patients, families, and health care providers in a variety of settings
  • Supporting the integration of ACP into routine clinical practice
  • Working with health authorities to ensure that patients’ wishes are systematically identified, documented, and incorporated into health care plans (e.g. Medical Order for Scope of Treatment or MOST)
  • Addressing accessibility of ACP
  • Developing ACP tools and resources (in collaboration with our research partners)

Advance Care Planning infographic and logic model

Advance Care Planning Links

  • BC Ministry of Health:  Advance Care Planning tools and documents for the public and health care providers
  • My Voice BC: Expressing My Wishes for Future Health Care Treatment Advance Care Planning Guide (pdf document)
  • Health authority web site links for Advance Care Planning (pdf document)
  • Speak Up:  a national initiative that provides resources for individuals, communities and health care providers about Advance Care Planning
  • Public Guardian and Trustee of British Columbia: this office operates under provincial law to provide assistance to adults who need support for financial and personal decision making.