ACP Decisions is a non-profit foundation consisting of a group of clinicians who empower patients and families with video support tools. These video support tools are carefully crafted after undergoing rigorous review by leading experts in medicine, geriatrics, oncology, cardiology, ethics, and decision-making. Today, multiple healthcare systems use these tools and supporting resources to empower patients and families.
More than a decade ago, Angelo Volandes, MD, MPH, helped his patients with advanced illness make informed choices about their care by taking them into the hospital rooms of patients undergoing different treatments, such as being intubated or having a feeding tube. Many patients remarked that they would not have been able to envision how differently their lives would be affected by certain choices if not for this experience.
Dr. Volandes then co-founded the nonprofit Advance Care Planning (ACP) Decisions to help patients and families learn about their options through videos.
Our mission is to empower patients and families so that they can be in the center of and in control of their healthcare. We firmly believe that the best patient-doctor relationships are based on open communication and shared knowledge and that medical care must reflect patients’ values and preferences.
ACP Decision’s library supports Shared Decision Making by helping patients and their families envision what different treatment options will entail and how they will affect their quality of life. With images they can learn about different treatment options, and consider how treatments align with their goals and values.
How are These Video Support Tools Developed?
ACP Decisions’ videos are used at multiple locations across the U.S. The videos are reviewed by leading experts in medicine, geriatrics, oncology, cardiology, ethics, and decision-making.
How Effective are These Video Support Tools?
The research in several peer reviewed articles, shows that these videos:
Improve patient-centered care and overcome communication barriers
Give patients and families a more realistic, clear picture of their medical choices
Provide a comfortable learning experience
Lead to more informed choices
Lead to patients having more stable preferences for their end-of-life treatment over time