When we know a patient has a serious illness but are not at a point where immediate medical decisions need to occur, it can sometimes be difficult to initiate advance care planning discussions. Yet, we know these conversations can help ensure that a patient's care trajectory matches their values.

In this video, Katy Hyman, MDiv, BCC, and Michael Mendez, MD, lead us through a talking map for advance care planning conversations, a structured approach that can help make these conversations a little easier.

Produced in collaboration with VitalTalk.