Audit of Communication, CarE Planning and DocumenTation
The ACCEPT Study

If you think you might be interested in joining the ACCEPT collaborative, please read these step-by-step instructions on how to get involved. The next audit is planned to begin in the Fall of 2014.


  1. Review the ACCEPT website to familiarize yourself with the initiative. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.
  2. Add yourself to the ACCEPT Collaborative mailing list by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Submit your name, hospital, country and email.

4-6 months before the next audit starts

  1. Apply for ethics approval, if required. Check out the Applying for Ethics Approval document for guidance concerning this process.
  2. Engage with your ethics department for a data/use agreement, if required.
  3. Inform local managers, key clinicians and other health care workers of the initiative. Start creating a buzz!
  4. Consider using some of our posters to increase awareness of the initiative.

1-2 months before the next audit starts:

  1. Take a look at study eligibility criteria; ensure you understand the inclusion and exclusion criteria.
  2. Review the obtaining consent procedures to ensure you understand the essential elements of this process.
  3. Take a look at the questionnaires, case report form and implementation manual (found on Study Tools page).
  4. Register yourself as a user on REDCap (web-based study database).
  5. Ensure you understand the study procedures and the data collection/entry processes.

Once the audit begins (Fall 2014):

  1. Follow the study procedures as outlined in the implementation manual and begin to screen patients and their family members for eligibility.
  2. Seek out written informed consent from eligible patients and their family members.
  3. Administer the ACP questionnaires to those patients and family members that have granted consent.
  4. Collect data from the patient's medical chart.
  5. Enter data into the web-based database (REDCap).

Once the audit is complete and the database is closed:

  1. The data you have entered will be compiled into a site report highlighting your local site performance compared to other hospitals participating in the initiative.
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