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Chaplains, Social Workers, Physicians & Nurses Asked to Participate in Survey on Documenting Advance Directives Among Seriously-Ill Patients for Study

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Documenting Advance Directives among Seriously-Ill Patients

 IRB Approval NMSU 12188

Hello Health Care Providers!

Advance directive education is important for all seriously ill patients. The purpose of this study is to assess health care providers’ views on educating patients about advance directives, especially those with life-threatening cancers.

We are interested in hearing from you because many barriers exist to engage patients in such complex discussions and because all providers are responsible for moving patient education forward. Examining providers' views is needed to clarify their motivation to educate patients and understand the limitations that hinder their ability to engage patients in advance care planning education. It is very important for us to understand the whole picture from all different providers, including physicians, nurses, and social workers.

Your participation in this survey will allow us to assess providers’ attitudes, knowledge, and practices about educated patients on advance directive to develop a plan for end of life care. Your responses will assist researchers to develop better educational tools and programs to improve advance directive documentation which is especially important to deliver patient centered care for seriously ill older adults.

Voluntary Participation

This one-time survey can be completing in about 20 minutes (5 minutes for consent and 15 minutes for the survey questions). Providers can volunteer to participate by signing up immediately during recruitment efforts through Qualtrics survey link or by calling our office (575-646-1243) to enroll. We will also use snowball sampling and ask you to forward the survey link to other providers in social work, medicine, and nursing.

Please feel free to ask any questions directly or simply go to the Qualtrics link at


For more information or if you have any questions pertaining to this research, you may contact Dr. Frances Nedjat-Haiem, PhD LCSW at haiem@nmsu.edu

We truly appreciate hearing from all providers doing valuable work to improve care for their patients and family members.

Feel free to forward this link to other providers!!!     Thank you so much for your time!


Frances Nedjat-Haiem, PhD, LCSW
Associate Professor
New Mexico State University, School of Social Work
Hartford - Veterans Affairs Social Work Scholar, 2012-2014

Research Scientist, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System




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