Decision Aids for Healthcare Providers

Decision Aids are an educational series designed by the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) that explains the complex topics of potentially life-sustaining treatments, using consumer-friendly language with evidence-based information. The Aids 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 (ventilator), and tube feeding (artificial nutrition).


Online Store

Decision Aids are available for purchase in packs of 25 through CCCC's Online Store.

The Aids 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 Aids are intended to supplement conversations between patients and healthcare providers.

Video: Is A Ventilator Right For You?

CCCC has produced a short, consumer-friendly video on ventilator use which can be shared along with the Ventilator Decision Aid. (YouTube)


Samples In English

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Samples In Chinese

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Samples In Spanish

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Samples In Korean*

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Samples In Vietnamese*

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Sample Pediatric Decision Guides*

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Credits

Decision Aids 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 Professor 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 Health Care Foundation.

Decision Aids Are Copyright 2014, 2018, And 2019, Coalition For Compassionate Care Of California. All Rights Reserved.
* These Decision Guides were last updated in 2014.