John Cagle, PhD, MSW
Associate Professor
University of Maryland School of Social Work
Dr. Cagle is an associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work with a substantive interest in improving care at the end of life. As a translational health services researcher, his efforts have focused on identifying effective models of care and support for dying patients and their families—and implementing those models into routine clinical practice.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

Background: Research shows only 30% of Americans have advance directives (ADs). The lack of ADs may create challenges for families and health care professionals (HCPs) who must make critical, medical decisions on a patient’s behalf with limited information. HCPs are particularly suited to lead advance care planning (ACP) conversations. However, inconsistent implementation of ACP material in academic curricula may contribute to HCPs’ perceptions of low self-efficacy and discomfort in leading ACP, which represent significant barriers to care delivery. This intervention advanced prior…