Background Despite the acknowledged importance of advance care planning (ACP), a barrier to uptake is appropriately skilled clinicians to have conversations. A literature review showed limited availability of education resources that considered the Australian context. This implementation project involved the development of education resources that facilitated scaffolding of learning, from novice to expert, and included online modules, clinician workshops and train the trainer workshops as part of a standardised program of education in ACP.
Methods Nine online modules, education resources to enable clinicians to practice ACP discussions in workshops and training for facilitators to implement their own workshops were developed.
Results From July 2017 to June 2018, 2656 people were registered on the learning management site and 1541 completed at least one online module. Feedback from the online evaluation identified that 99% of 4262 people rated their likelihood of recommending the module to colleagues as ≥5 out of 10. Seventy percent of the 144 people who attended the clinician workshops in the 12-month period specifically identified communication with patients and colleagues as the key area of learning for implementation. From 16 people who attended the two facilitator’s workshops 6 have accessed the education resources and facilitated their own workshops.
Conclusion This program considered the implementation of ACP education using a framework for learners to scaffold their knowledge. The suite of education resources provides a sustainable program of education by encouraging development of skills to the expert facilitator level. There is clearly a demand and interest in multi-modality learning.
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