Most Canadians want to die at home avoiding life support. But recent studies show more frail elderly are being put on life support in their final days and are dying in hospital. Those who survive struggle with recovering. Decision aids help professionals discuss with their patients about the risks and benefits of treatment options and about their personal values and preferences. Although there exist various decision aids about end-of-life treatment options, these are not widely used in hospitals across Canada. Lack of adaptation to local context and culture are among the reasons these aids are not used widely. Previously, we worked with patients and health professionals to create a decision aid that can be adapted to the local context of different settings. This decision aid is freely available at We now need to train clinicians to use our decision aid regularly. In this project, we will develop and deliver a training program to teach clinicians how to use the decision aid we created with frail elderly patients and their family members. We will then evaluate the impact of our training on the quality of patient’s decisions by verifying if patients are making decisions that respect their values. We will also explore how our novel decision aid can be used elsewhere for the benefit of all Canadians.

Chercheur principal

Patrick Michel Archambault (Université Laval)


Patrick Plante; Louise Sauvé; France Légaré (Université Laval); Jennifer Kryworuchko (University of British Columbia); Diane Tapp (Université Laval); Emmanuelle Bélanger (Université de Montréal); Mark H. Ebell (University of Georgia); Alexis Turgeon (Université Laval) et Holly Witteman (Université Laval)

Organisme subventionnaire

Canadian Frailty Network


TVN 2015 Catalyst Grant Program

Secteur de recherche

Enseignement et apprentissage à distance


2016 - 2017

Montant accordé

99 895,00 $