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Understanding Goals of Care Designations (GCDS) and Conversations

Document Type: Video


In Alberta, Goals of Care Designations (GCDs) are shorthand codes that guide healthcare and medical treatments provided to patients/clients. As healthcare providers, understanding GCDs is central to providing care that is both medically appropriate and respectful of patient’s unique values and healthcare wishes.

Learn how to:

  1. Build understanding and confidence around interpreting GCDs.
  2. Explore the importance of Goals of Care conversations.
  3. Learn what nursing roles and responsibilities are around GCDs.