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C-TAC Plays Hello at Planetree 2017

At the recent Planetree International Conference on Patient Centered Care, C-TAC sponsored a round of the advance care planning game “Hello”. The game was developed by C-TAC member Common Practice, a Philadelphia-based company that designs practical tools to make end-of-life conversations accessible to everyone. This year, in honor of National Health Care Decisions Day, Common Practice partnered with over 50 organizations to bring Hello to thousands of people across the United States.

Hello is an innovative approach to engaging people of all ages in care planning conversations. Designed to make the sometimes-daunting conversations around future care preferences approachable (and even fun), players discuss, answer, and then update their responses to questions aimed at providing a picture of their care goals and values, all while dispelling discomfort around the conversation – and it works!

Researchers from Penn State University recently conducted a study that determined that “Hello” actually improved the likelihood that a person would take steps to engage in care planning conversations; three months after playing, seventy-five percent of participants had pursued some form of planning, while forty-four percent had completed advanced directives. According to Dr. Lauren Van Scoy, who headed up the study, the results are meaningful because, on average, only about one-third of the general population completes advance directives, despite research indicating the many benefits of doing so.

The conference also included a breakout session entitled Integrating Personal Preferences in Advanced Illness Care featuring David Longnecker, MD, Chief Clinical Innovations Officer, C-TAC.

Learn more about Hello and Common Practice here.


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