Advance Care Planning (ACP) studies

Under the leadership of Dr Michael, two studies were conducted to explore the use of vignettes to help patients engage with advance care planning at a cancer centre.


Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre


Department of Health, Victoria

Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation

Principal Investigator/s

A/Prof Natasha Michael


A/Prof Natasha Michael

Head of Palliative Care Cabrini Hospital

Publications & presentations

Welz M, Michael N, Spruyt O. Cancer-specific Advance Care Planning: A Retrospective Audit. Singapore

Michael, N. Stepanov N, Spruyt O, Pollard A, Clayton J, O’Callaghan C. Exploring the experience of Advance Care Planning amongst cancer patients in a comprehensive cancer centre, Queenstown, New Zealand

Michael, N., O’Callaghan, C., Clayton, J., Spruyt, O., Pollard, A., Stepanov, N. Understanding how cancer patients actualize, relinquish and reject advance care planning: Implications for practice. Supportive Care in Cancer 2013; 21:2195-2205

Michael, N. O’Callaghan, C. Baird, A., Hiscock, N. Clayton, J. Cancer caregivers advocate a patient and family centered approach to advance care planning. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2014:47(6);1064-1077

Michael, N. O’Callaghan, C., Clayton, J. Exploring the utility of the vignette technique in promoting advance care planning discussions with cancer patients and caregivers. Patient Edu. Counselling (online March2016)