Part of the initiative formerly known as Honoring Choice Pacific Northwest
The Serious Illness Conversation Guide is a tool that helps clinicians understand their patients’ goals and values and incorporate them in clinical decision-making. The person-centered questions in the guide explore:
- A patient’s understanding of their illness,
- their preferences for information,
- their personal goals,
- their fears and worries, as well as their sources of strength,
- the abilities they find most important to their daily life and the tradeoffs they are willing to take for the possibility of more time, and
- how much the people who matter to the patient know about their wishes.
Participants will gain communication skills using the Serious Illness Conversation Guide through a practice-based approach that involves both independent and group learning.
Teaching the Serious Illness Conversation Guide
Trained Serious Illness Conversation Guide (SICG) Teachers may download materials for their own trainings. Once downloaded, you may make changes for your organization.
A network contact list can be found in the SharePoint link above.
Serious Illness Conversation Guide – modified for Washington State.
Ariadne Labs – visit Ariadne Labs Serious Illness page for more resources and updates.
ARIA – Aria is a free online platform providing tools, resources, and community to support the successful implementation of Ariadne Labs solutions.
VitalTalk Apps – explore additional resources for serious illness communication.
POLST – visit the WSMA website for resources on POLST, including the POLST Toolkit.