Advance care planning that most often starts out with a structured and simple conversation helps patients take decisions and deal with what could be done in advance, reducing some pf the confusion and chaos that comes along with end-of-life care.
Knowing when to begin this step could prove to be difficult though since the doctors and even the families could be very positive about the future of a loved one that they would leave out on a chance to clearly state the wishes in a much clearer manner.
The clinical chief of palliative care at Stanford Health Care, Dr. Stephanie Harman leads a pilot program at Stanford Medicine which does research for artificial intelligence to assist doctors to guide them through their decisions.
Harman said, “Doctors are terrible at predicting prognosis. If that information is there from AI, hopefully that raises the likelihood that the care this patient receives from their health care team matches what they have prioritized. To have care that aligns with what matters most to patients and families, that’s the ultimate goal.”