Citizen Society Research Lab

This report measures Albertans' advance care planning awareness and preparedness. Overall, Albertans are somewhat aware of advance care planning options but are relatively unprepared when formalizing decisions about their long term care.

For example:

  • Slightly less than one-third of Albertans (31.2%) have heard of advance care planning, prior to being provided a definition.
  • When respondents were provided a definition that likened the term to a “living will,” the three-quarters of Albertans (75.7%) stated they are familiar with the term.
  • A majority of Albertans (59.1%) have discussed their own advance care planning with a family member or close friend.
  • However, only one-fifth (20.4%) have also had those discussions with a healthcare professional.
  • Nearly one-third of Albertans (32.6%) have a written advance care plan.
  • More than two of every five Albertans (41.5%) have a written personal directive.
  • Almost one in five Albertans (19.8%) have heard the medical term “goals of care designations,” nearly double the 11.1% who had heard the term in 2013.

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Advance Care Awareness Winter 2019.pdf