Feasibility and acceptability of a web-based advance care plan for dementia

Liza L. Behrens, Brianna Morgan, Emily Summerhayes, Sonia Talwar, Vanessa L. Burshnic-Neal, Mary Ersek, Nancy Hodgson

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While advance care planning (ACP) can help elicit preferences and is associated with improved end-of-life outcomes, persons living with dementia (PLWD) in nursing homes are rarely included in ACP. Web-based decision aids are a readily available tool to engage PLWD in ACP, but none are designed for the unique needs of PLWD, particularly those residing in nursing homes. Our Memory Care Wishes (OMCW) was adapted from a publicly available web-based ACP tool in collaboration with dementia care experts. This study aimed to explore the acceptability of OMCW. We used a convergent, mixed methods design to describe PLWD and surrogates’ experiences using the OMCW website. Participants described ease of use, comfort with viewing, helpfulness for planning, and likelihood to recommend. Overall, OMCW is acceptable, however, PLWD continue to have difficulties understanding and engaging with some website content. Modifications were incorporated based on these findings, setting the stage for implementation and effectiveness testing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)251-258
Number of pages8
JournalGeriatric Nursing
StatePublished - Mar 1 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gerontology


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