Questions Game Makes End-of-Life Planning Easier
Katie Bohn, 13 Oct 17
       

Researchers have developed a game designed to help players plan for end-of-life care in advance.


…not only is the game a positive experience, but it also helps motivate players to engage in advance care planning behaviors…


Few people may want to spend a Saturday night planning their end-of-life care, but playing a game designed to spur conversation about advance care planning may be a more enjoyable way to ease into the process, according to researchers.

In a study, people with chronic illness and caregivers of those with chronic illness played a game in which they took turns answering questions about end-of-life issues. The researchers found that three months after playing the game, 75 percent of participants had gone on to complete some form of advance care planning.

“Our findings suggest that not only is the game a positive experience, but it also helps motivate players to engage in advance care planning behaviors,” says Lauren J. Van Scoy, an assistant professor of medicine and humanities in the Penn State College of Medicine. “Whether it was completing an advance directive or looking up hospice information, they were engaged in some of the necessary psychological work needed to take the next step and be prepared for decision making.”

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