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Advance care planning initiative highlighted

Honoring Choices Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Medical Society’s advance care planning initiative, was featured in the Wisconsin State Journal on Sunday, October 27. During the initiative’s first phase, trained facilitators at the participating organizations had conversations with 443 patients, and 188 filled out advance directives.

“Instead of merely asking patients if they have living wills or power of attorney for health care documents, the organizations offered discussions about a variety of questions related to end-of-life care,” wrote David Wahlberg. “They range from whether or when to resuscitate and ventilate patients to what kind of people, music and lighting patients want to be surrounded by when they approach death.”

Lynn Zima of Meriter Health Services in Madison was surprised that so many young people wanted to talk about advance care planning. “We help people find the language to talk to their family members,” she said in the article.

Through Honoring Choices Wisconsin, the Society serves as convener, coordinator and catalyst to build clinical pilot projects using proven concepts, methodologies, training systems and materials. The advance care planning facilitations are based on the Respecting Choices® First Steps® model, a program developed by Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. Honoring Choices Wisconsin also is modeled after Honoring Choices Minnesota, which the Twin Cities Medical Society launched in 2008.

The name “Honoring Choices Wisconsin” is used under license from the East Metro Medical Society Foundation.

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