Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Goals for Care

  • Seeking Priorities and Goals for Care contains sample questions that nurses and other members of the health-care team can ask to gain an understanding of the person’s priorities and goals for care. With a mutual understanding of what matters the most to the person, the health-care provider and the person can discuss options, plan, and prioritize the care together that is meaningful to both the person and the health-care provider.

Health Care providers should ask the following questions:

  • What is this situation like for you?
  • What are your questions?
  • What is most important to you?
  • What are your goals?
  • What are your strengths?
  • What do you hope happens?
  • What do you see down the road?
  • What are your concerns?
  • How can we, your health team support you?


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