The Conversation Project

Primary Practice

Self-Guided Training on End of Life Conversations

Description

The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. It offers several starting kits that are targeted toward different audiences. One of the kits include questions that target relevant areas such as how to initiate the conversation with a loved one and what wishes the person has in terms of how he wants to spend his time and where he wants to be when that time comes. Another kit is available for caregivers of a person with Alzheimer or dementia that helps them initiate the conversation with their loved one. Similarly, another kit is available for parents of children with end of life conditions.

Each kit includes four stages that the person should complete. The first stage is called Get Ready and includes an introduction and general information that are relevant to each audience. The second stage is called Get Set and it includes a set of questions that the caregivers should think about and have with their loved ones. The third stage is called Go, which include a set of guidance and information that will help the caregiver go through the needs of their loved ones. It also includes some suggestions in case the caregiver has provided all the needs of his loved one. The final stage is called Keep Going and it aims at sustaining the results of the program. The kits were translated into many languages including French, Hebrew, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Target Population(s)

All caregivers

Implementation

Training and resources are available online at no cost. Thus far, over 500,000 people have visited the resources on the website and nearly 290,000 downloaded the Conversation Starter Kit.

Goals/Objectives

To make it easier to initiate conversations about dying and to encourage people to talk as often as necessary so that their wishes for end-of-life care are expressed and respected.

Evidence of Outcomes

New Idea/Model Approach
No formal research has been conducted on outcomes.

Additional Information

The Conversation Project website: http://theconversationproject.org/