Decision Aids are 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 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. Please Contact CCCC to order the new Decision Aids.

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.


Samples in English

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Cover Sample: Artificial Hydration Decision Aid

Artificial Hydration

Cover Sample: Ventilator Decision Aid

Ventilator

Cover Sample: CPR Decision Aid

CPR

Cover Sample: Tube Feeding Decision Aid

Tube Feeding

Samples in Chinese

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Cover Sample: Artificial Hydration Decision Aid (Chinese)

Artificial Hydration

Cover Sample: Ventilator Decision Aid (Chinese)

Ventilator

Cover Sample: CPR Decision Aid (Chinese)

CPR

Cover Sample: Tube Feeding Decision Aid (Chinese)

Tube Feeding

Samples in Spanish

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Cover Sample: Artificial Hydration Decision Aid (Spanish)

Artificial Hydration

Cover Sample: Ventilator Decision Aid (Spanish)

Ventilator

Cover Sample: CPR Decision Aid (Spanish)

CPR

Cover Sample: Tube Feeding Decision Aid (Spanish)

Tube Feeding

Samples in Korean *

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Decision Guides: Artificial Hydration in Korean

Artificial Hydration

Decision Guides: Breathing Machine in Korean

Breathing Machine

Decision Guides: CPR in Korean

CPR

Decision Guides: Tube Feeding in Korean

Tube Feeding

Samples in Vietnamese *

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Decision Guides: Artificial Hydration in Vietnamese

Artificial Hydration

Decision Guides: Breathing Machine in Vietnamese

Breathing Machine

Decision Guides: CPR in Vietnamese

CPR

Decision Guides: Tube Feeding in Vietnamese

Tube Feeding

Sample Pediatric Decision Guides *

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Pediatric Decision Guides: Ventilator

Ventilator

Pediatric Decision Guides: CPR

CPR

Pediatric Decision Guides: Tube Feeding

Tube Feeding


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.

Previous versions of the Decision Guides (2007)