Adaptations of the Guide and resources co-created with specific populations

The Serious Illness Conversation Guide and all adaptations are intended to be used in practice only after participating in a training workshop. ​

Translations of the guide


Translations of the guide by Vancouver Coastal Health are available in: Arabic, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), ​Farsi, Japanese, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, French and Vietnamese.​  Request translations by emailing ​ ​

SIC - Cultural Safety

SIC - Cultural safety

The process for adaptation for improved cultural safety is described in this article by First Nations Health Authority and BCCPC . The adapted guide and this video (5:16) will help health care providers to prepare for and have SICs with people from First Nations communities. ​

SIC - Substitute Decision Makers

SIC - Substitute Decision Makers

SIC guides tailored for discussions with Substitute Decision-Makers, by:

Fraser Health

Vancouver Coastal, Vancouver Division of Family Practice and Providence Health

SIC - Pediatrics

SIC - Renal

SIC - Renal

Click here for “Starting the Conversation: Exploring Key Concepts Through the Renal Journey“. (Adapted by BC Renal)

SIC - Structurally Vulnerable Patients

SIC - Structurally Vulnerable Patients

Click here for a Serious Illness Conversation Guide tailored to structurally vulnerable patients in hospital (adapted by Providence Health and Vancouver Coastal Health).

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