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Master of Health Science, Evaluation and Research
Community and Environmental Health
Sarah E. Toevs, Ph.D.
Kim Martz, Ph.D., RN
Uwe Reischl, Ph.D., M.D.
While advance care planning (ACP) is generally acknowledged as an important health activity, there is little research on ACP engagement amongst otherwise healthy young adults. The current study aimed to determine whether using a new mobile application designed for ACP, called Willoop™, had any impact on Boise State University students’ perceptions of ACP concepts and readiness to engage in ACP activities including designating a health agent, creating a living will, and discussing care wishes with a loved one. A convenience sample of 99 students enrolled into the study and were invited to test Willoop™ on their mobile device and subsequently take an anonymous online survey. Twenty-one participants completed the survey. The findings suggest that young adults are aware of ACP concepts but are not typically ready to engage in ACP activities, consistent with previous literature. In addition, Willoop™ may improve familiarity and comfort with ACP concepts and may increase readiness to engage in ACP activities. The conclusions drawn from these findings must be interpreted with caution due to the small sample size and other study limitations, but further research is warranted. Accurately describing the readiness and willingness to engage in ACP activities is a first step in informing and improving interventions, such as Willoop™, that aim to increase levels of ACP engagement in the population as a whole.
Fernández, Alexandra A., "College Students’ Understanding of Advance Care Planning Concepts: The Impact of the Willoop™ Mobile Application on Readiness to Change" (2016). Boise State University Theses and Dissertations. 1149.