Advance Care Planning and End of Life Care: A Guide to Tools and Resources for Patients and Providers

Advance care planning (ACP) is a process that starts with having a conversation and choosing a healthcare proxy or agent, completing a personal directive, or living will, and then sharing those wishes with the appropriate healthcare providers. ACP conversations are most effective when started before a crisis and re-visited periodically, since personal care preferences may change as circumstances change over time. This guide provides a curated list of tools and resources to support patients and providers through the ACP process, and serious illness or end-of-life care conversations.

Advancing Anticoagulation Stewardship: A Playbook

The AC Forum, in partnership with FDA, identified seven Core Elements for improving systemic management of anticoagulants. The Playbook, developed with input from more than 30 experts, offers detailed strategies for each Core Element and is designed to be used by organizations establishing or considering Anticoagulation Stewardship programs, as well as those with existing programs in place. While all seven elements are important for implementation of a stewardship initiative, the first Core Element—securing the commitment of administrative leadership—is a foundational priority to ensure success and sustainability.

American Heart Association Support Network

Dealing with a heart or stroke condition can be complex, and recovery can be more manageable with the right kind of emotional support. A community of survivors and caregivers who’ve had similar experiences help patients and caregivers find their footing on the path to better health.

American Heart Association’s “Rise Above Heart Failure”

American Heart Association Go-To-Guide, an easy-to-use, interactive tool designed to empower doctors and nurses to engage heart failure patients.

Resources for Patients