How are Advance Directives like Dark Chocolate?

How are Advance Directives like Dark Chocolate?

We’re re-posting this story as a reminder to staff–don’t forget to participate in this valuable study! Access the post-survey until Oct. 29. Check your email for the link.

They are complex, intense, and often bittersweet.

Although we use them in administering patient care every day, advance directives are often confusing to both the healthcare provider and the patient. 

Research is going on right here at AAMC to help improve the way we give care to patients with advance directives. And we need your help. Your participation in this quality improvement project can help us improve our knowledge about advance directives and patient rights, as well as develop a well-coordinated approach to our patient’s advance care planning preferences.

There will be two sample populations. One part of this study will be conducted with the health care providers in the perioperative areas, while the other will focus on the rest of our nursing personnel. 

Would you be willing to participate in this study? You will be asked to:

  • Take an anonymous, 15 minute pre-survey prior to an education session. Survey available from Aug 23- Sept 6. No identifying information will be collected (completed)
  • Attend education session, “Too Much Quiet: Understanding Your Role with Advance Directives” on Friday, Sept. 10 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Nursing Grand Rounds) or on Tuesday, Sept. 7 from 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m., both  in the H.S.I. (completed)  
  • Take an anonymous post-survey about one month after attending the session. You will receive an email with a link to the second survey inviting you to respond between Oct 8-Oct 29. Again, no identifying information will be collected. (currently open)

No identifying information will be collected. Your answers to this survey will be kept anonymous.   

Appreciation raffle gifts will be awarded.

Help make advance care planning a sweeter part of our patient’s hospital experience. For questions about the project, please email Catherine Rovaldi at  For questions about your rights while taking part in this study, call AAMC’s Research Integrity Officer at 443-481-1320.

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