Decision Guides is an educational series designed by the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) that explains the complex topics of life-sustaining treatments, using consumer-friendly language with evidence-based information. The Guides were developed with the help and guidance of healthcare professionals, and reflect the latest research on these interventions.

No decision aid replaces the conversation patients should have with their clinicians to make important, clinical decisions. Use of these decision aids carries no liability to its developers or to the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California.

TOPICS INCLUDE: artificial hydration, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), mechanical ventilation, and tube feeding.


Online Store

Decision Guides are available for purchase in packs of 25. Contact CCCC for information about bulk rates.

Buy Decision Guides in the Online Store

Pediatric Decision Guides are available as samples and will be available for purchase soon.

Note: You must create a username and password to view the materials in the Online Store. 

The Guides are recommended for use by healthcare professionals who treat seriously-ill patients in hospitals, palliative care units, skilled nursing facilities, hospices and medical groups. The Guides are intended to supplement conversations between patients and healthcare providers.


Samples in English

Click the thumbnails to view sample guides.

Decision Guides: Artificial Hydration

Artificial hydration

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Breathing machines

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CPR

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Tube feeding

Samples in Chinese

Click the samples to view the guides.

Decision Guides: Artificial Hydration in Chinese

Artificial hydration

Decision Guides: Ventilator in Chinese

Breathing machines

Decision Guides: CPR in Chinese

CPR

Decision Guides: Tube Feeding in Chinese

Tube feeding

Samples in Spanish

Click the samples to view the guides.

Decision Guides: Artificial Hydration in Spanish

Artificial hydration

Decision Guides: Ventilator in Spanish

Breathing machines

Decision Guides: CPR in Spanish

CPR

Decision Guides: Tube Feeding in Spanish

Tube feeding

Vietnamese

Click the thumbnails to download the FULL version of the guides.

Decision Guides: Artificial Hydration

Artificial hydration

Decision Guides: Ventilator thumbnail

Breathing machines

Decision Guides: CPR thumbnail

CPR

Decision Guides: Tube Feeding thumbnail

Tube feeding

Sample Pediatric Decision Guides

Click the thumbnails to view sample guides.

Pediatric Decision Guides: Ventilator thumbnail

Breathing machines

Pediatric Decision Guides: CPR thumbnail

CPR

Pediatric Decision Guides: Tube Feeding thumbnail

Tube feeding


Credits

Decision Guides were developed by Mary Cadogan, DrPH, RN, GNP, Professor of the University of California, Los Angeles School of Nursing. Literacy content and accessibility was drafted by Rebecca Sudore, MD, Assistant Professsor of Medicine at University of California, San Francisco, and was expertly reviewed by academics, POLST physician champions, hospice physicians, social workers, and other experts. Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA), an organization that focuses on health literacy, provided consultation on the layout, design and illustration of the guides.

The Pediatric Decision Guides were developed by Robin Kramer, RN, MS, PNP, coordinator of the Pediatric Palliative Care Program, University of California, San Francisco, Devon Dabbs, Executive Director, and Leslie Adams, MSW, of the Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition. The Guides were reviewed by academics, pediatricians, social workers, and family advisory panels.

Decision Guides were made possible by a grant from the California HealthCare Foundation.

Decision Guides are copyright 2014-2016 Coalition for Compassionate Care of California. All rights reserved.

Previous versions of the Decision Guides (2007)