Honoring Choices® Pacific Northwest initiative to improve care for people with serious illness

March 18, 2021

Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest has announced a collaboration with Ariadne Labs to ensure every person with serious illness feels known and cared for on their own terms. Ariadne Labs is a joint center for health systems innovation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. This new initiative will build on Honoring Choices PNW’s foundational work to promote basic advance care planning in the region by equipping health care providers to have conversations with their seriously ill patients about their goals, values and preferences.

Under the new initiative, Honoring Choices PNW will offer training in the Serious Illness Conversation Guide and introduce Ariadne Labs’ Serious Illness Care Program to the region. Created by a team of palliative care experts, the Serious Illness Care Program is a multi-component program centered around a conversation guide that offers clinicians language to ask patients about their goals, values and preferences. In addition to the Serious Illness Conversation Guide, the program includes clinician training, system-level implementation support, patient resources and an online community of clinicians and implementers. More than 28,000 clinicians around the world have been trained to use the Serious Illness Care Program.

Honoring Choices PNW will learn from Ariadne Labs over the next year and then deliver a large-scale training and coaching program across the region. If you are interested in implementing the Ariadne Labs Serious Illness Care Program at your organization, please contact Sue Bergmann, senior director of Honoring Choices PNW at Sue.Bergmann@HonoringChoicesPNW.org.


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