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Video decision support tool for advance care planning in dementia: randomised controlled trial

Briefly reports on the findings of a study which aimed to evaluate the effect of a video decision support tool on the preferences for future medical care in older people if they develop advanced dementia, and the stability of those preferences after six weeks.

Results found that older people who view a video depiction of a patient with advanced dementia after hearing a verbal description are more likely to opt for comfort as their goal of care, have more knowledge of the disease, and have more stable preferences over time compared with those who solely listen to a verbal description.

Angelo E Volandes
Michael K Paasche-Orlow
Michael J Barry
Muriel R Gillick
Kenneth L Minaker
Yuchiao Chang
E Francis Cook
Elmer D Abbo
Areej El-Jawahri
Susan L Mitchell
British Medical Journal