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Progress and Accomplishments - Who's Your Person...What's Your Plan?

Since the initiative began in July 2016, we have:*

  • conducted a total of 40 presentations on advance care planning at area businesses, nonprofit organizations, local libraries, district offices of state agencies, rotary clubs, assisted living facilities, a municipal office, a senior center, a fire department, and a chiropractic practice
  • reached over 1,000 people with advance care planning education
  • trained 17 facilitators to conduct these presentations

*as of November 2018

A few examples of data that demonstrates our impact:**

  • The University of Vermont Medical Center has seen a significant increase in advance directive completion among primary care patients in the past year and since our initiative began, specifically:
    • General Internal Medicine has gone from only 16.8% of patients with advance directives to 40% of patients ages 18-64 and 62% of patients over 65.
    • Family Medicine has increased their patient advance directive completion rate from 9.5% to 33% of patients ages 18-64 and 56% of patients over 65 in the same 2 year span. Just in the last 6 months, they have seen an increase of nearly 20% of patients ages 18-64 with completed advance directives in their Family Medicine department.
  • The University of Vermont Medical Center has also seen a significant increase in the number of patients who indicated that they have an advance directive during the hospital admission process: A 20% increase since FY16 and 52% increase since FY15.
  • Our presentation evaluations (which are distributed at each training) indicate that while only 30% of attendees had no knowledge of advance care planning prior to attending a presentation, 83% were motivated to appoint a health care agent and/or complete a detailed advance directive afterward.
  • The initial results of our email follow-up survey designed to be sent to attendees several months to one year after each presentation indicate that 75% have since had conversations with family and friends about their health goals and priorities, 55% have since appointed a health care agent, and 50% have since completed a detailed advance directive. The survey has been sent to 217 individuals to date and the data above is based on a 10% response rate. For those who have not yet completed this process, we are providing a mechanism for them to share what barriers or challenges they may have encountered and offering additional resources or follow-up where needed.

**as of July 2018

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