Community-led, peer-facilitated Advance Care Planning workshops prompt increased Advance Care Planning behaviors among public attendees

Date

2023

Authors

Carter, Rachel Z.
Siden, Ellie
Husband, Amber
Barwich, Doris
Soheilipour, Shimae
Kryworuchko, Jennifer
Sawatzky, Richard
Kazanjian, Arminee
Stajduhar, Kelli
Hassan, Eman

Journal Title

Journal ISSN

Volume Title

Publisher

PEC Innovation

Abstract

Objective: Despite recognized benefits, engagement in Advance Care Planning (ACP) remains low. Research into peer-facilitated, group ACP interventions is limited. This study investigated the acceptability of community-led peer-facilitated ACP workshops for the public and whether these workshops are associated with increased knowledge, motivation and engagement in ACP behaviors. Methods: Peer-facilitators from 9 community organizations were recruited and trained to deliver free ACP workshops to members of the public with an emphasis on conversation. Using a cohort design, workshop acceptability and engagement in ACP behaviors was assessed by surveying public participants at the end of the workshop and 4–6 weeks later. Results: 217 participants returned post-workshop questionnaires, and 69 returned follow-up questionnaires. Over 90% of participants felt they gained knowledge across all 6 learning goals. Every ACP behavior saw a statistically significant increase in participant completion after 4–6 weeks. Almost all participants were glad they attended (94%) and would recommend the workshop to others (95%). Conclusion: This study revealed an association of peer-facilitated ACP workshops and completion of ACP behaviors in public participants. Innovation: This innovative approach supports investment in the spread of community-based, peer-facilitated ACP workshops for the public as important ACP promotion strategies.

Description

Keywords

Advance Care Planning, Community-based participatory research, Community networks, Hospices

Citation

Carter, R. Z., Siden, E., Husband, A., Barwich, D., Soheilipour, S. Kryworuchko, J., ... Hassan, E. (2023). Community-led, peer-facilitated Advance Care Planning workshops prompt increased Advance Care Planning behaviors among public attendees. PEC Innovation, 3, 100199. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pecinn.2023.100199