Advance Care Planning / Goals of Care

Information for Health Professionals

Tools & Resources | Quality Improvement Project & Resources | Supplies | Education | For Use With Patients & Families

These Two Things Are Connected

Although Advance Care Planning conversations don’t always result in determining a Goals of Care Designation they are useful building blocks to conversations.

Advance Care Planning

A way to help you think about, talk about and document wishes for healthcare.

Goals of Care Designation

A medical order used to describe and communicate the general aim or focus of care including the preferred location of that care.

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Information for Patients & Families

Tools & Resources

Quality Improvement Project

Advance Care Planning and Goals of Care Designations (ACP/GCD) is fundamental to patient and family centered care.

All teams are encouraged to continually evaluate and improve their ACP/GCD practices to help patients and families receive more, better and earlier ACP/GCD conversations.

From the completed project example, tools and resources were developed to help support your team to conduct your own targeted program specific quality improvement project.

Tools & Resources

The following is a sample of what is available:



All Advance Care Planning and Goals of Care Designation supplies are ordered through DATAOnline.

Alberta Health Services Users

AHS users need to provide a Cost Centre to set up an account with DATA Communications Management.

Non Alberta Health Services Users

Note that a valid credit card number will be required to set up an account however these items are provided free of charge.

General Public

Able to request the following from their family doctor or any Alberta Health Services health care provider.


Micro Learnings

E Learning Modules

Target audience: frontline physicians, nurses, allied health care workers, health care aides, social workers and unit clerks or anyone wanting to learn more about advance care planning in Alberta.
Four learning topics target specific aspects of the policy

  1. Advance Care Planning Basics
  2. Documents and Workflow
  3. Goals of Care Designations (Adult, Pediatric and EMS case scenarios)
  4. Personal Directives

How to Access the Module

Note: AHS Clinicians should register for this module through MyLearning Link by searching for  Advance Care Planning (#200957)

Non-AHS Clinicians

A web version can be accessed below. A certificate can be printed upon successful completion, Upon entering the course, you will select a learning path most relevant to your role and care setting.

For Use With Patients & Families

Tools to show patients and families as they learn more about Advance Care Planning and Goals of Care Designation

Guidebook: Conversations Matter

Offers a ‘how-to’ approach to Advance Care Planning with an emphasis on the importance of engaging in conversations over time with loved ones and health care providers. Available in 7 different languages.

How to Use My Green Sleeve and Personal Directive

The Green Sleeve is a plastic pocket that holds your advance care planning forms. See below for more information and related videos on the right.