Setting and helping to achieve personal goals for clients

What are goals of care? Goals of care describe what a patient wants to achieve during an episode of care, within the context of their clinical situation. Goals of care are the clinical and personal goals for a patient’s episode of care that are determined in the context of a shared decision-making process. Identifying goals of care helps to organise and prioritise care activities and contributes to improved satisfaction, quality of life and self-efficacy for patients.3–5 The purpose of identifying and agreeing to goals of care is to develop a shared understanding between patients, family, carers, other support people and the clinicians in the multidisciplinary team about the clinical expectations, personal needs and preferences of the patient and the likely steps required to attain the agreed goals.