The iCAN-ACP Study

iCAN-ACP is a new $2.7 million national study that aims to narrow the gap between the care that frail elderly Canadians want and the care that they receive by testing ways to improve advance care planning (ACP), a process for reflecting on and communicating wishes for future health care. 

Project team members will engage elderly Canadians and their family members along with clinicians, and health care organizations to implement and evaluate a suite of tools to support conversations between patients, families and health professionals. These tools include videos, workbooks, interactive websites, and conversation guides, all of which can support better and earlier communication and decision-making about healthcare, particularly for those who can no longer communicate their wishes.

Project Lead:
 Dr. John You, McMaster University,

Study Coordinator:
 Marilyn Swinton, McMaster University,

Our Teams:

The Primary Care team’s work will focus on using patient and health care professional tools to increase the uptake, impact, and access to advance care planning (ACP) for frail elderly Canadians in primary care
Learn more about the Primary Care Team

The Long-Term Care study will focus on tailoring, implementing, and evaluating a multi-faceted suite of ACP tools in four long-term care (LTC) settings in southern Ontario.
Learn more about the Long-Term Care Team

The Hospital Project Team will adapt and pilot test different advance care planning tools, with a goal to increase the uptake, impact and access to advance care planning (ACP) for hospitalized, older Canadians living with frailty.
Learn more about the Hospital Team

The Diversity Access Team is assessing, tailoring, implementing, and evaluating ACP tools aimed at minority populations.
Learn more about the Diversity Access Team


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