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Putting things in order: Prioritizing ACP Barriers and Facilitators with BC Community-based Organizations

For those in the know, the benefits of Advance Care Planning (ACP) are clear, yet rates of ACP uptake in BC remain low. In a new study by BCCPC, medical student Ellie Siden asked community organizations to prioritize the barriers and facilitators for public engagement in ACP. Here is some background on the project; join us for our webinar on November 26 to hear about the findings.

The study aimed to understand the perspectives of community organizations by asking them to rank the factors that make it easier (facilitators) or more difficult (barriers) to achieve increased public engagement in ACP in the province. The intended impact is to gain insights from this infrequently consulted group on how funding and initiatives can be tailored to best increase public engagement in ACP.

Fifty-seven community organizations in BC answered the three survey questions: What are the most important barriers to ACP? What actions will increase engagement with ACP? And finally, has the COVID-19 pandemic shifted these priorities and the community’s ACP needs?

The study findings validate many of the initiatives underway at BCCPC, and help to target future efforts. For example, relevant BCCPC work includes community-led ACP sessions for the public, the seed grants program, ACP conversation starters, adapting ACP resources into different languages and cultural or disease contexts, and our Serious Illness Conversation program.

For more detailed results, attend the webinar on November 26, 12noon-1pm. Register here.

A huge thank you to the 57 respondents who took time to participate in the survey and share their experiences.