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Dr. Daren Heyland, MD, Critical Care Doctor, Founder of Plan Well Guide

The Plan Well planning guide was created by critical care physician and researcher Dr. Daren Heyland, who has been studying communication and decision-making for seriously ill patients for more than 20 years. He and his colleagues have conducted many research projects through the Canadian Researchers at the End of Life Network (CARENET), the results of which have been used to inform the development of this planning tool.

Dr. Daren Heyland

Dr. Daren Heyland is the founder of Plan Well Guide.

For over 20 years, he witnessed the distress people felt when making decisions for their loved ones that they were not adequately prepared to make.

In response to this prevalent issue, Daren decided to do something to address the pain, anxiety and stress that decision-makers were feeling. He created Plan Well Guide to provide a tool to help people be better prepared for decision-making in the event of a serious illness.

Dr. Daren Heyland

Dr. Daren Heyland is the founder of Plan Well Guide.

For over 20 years, he witnessed the distress people felt when making decisions for their loved ones that they were not adequately prepared to make.

Daren decided to do something to address the pain, anxiety and stress that decision-makers were feeling. He created Plan Well Guide to provide a tool to help people be better prepared for decision-making in the event of a serious illness.

The Plan Well planning guide was created by critical care physician and researcher Dr. Daren Heyland, who has been studying communication and decision-making for seriously ill patients for more than 20 years. He and his colleagues have conducted many research projects through the Canadian Researchers at the End of Life Network (CARENET), the results of which have been used to inform the development of this planning tool.

Dr. Daren Heyland's Background

Dr. Daren Heyland MD, MSC, FRCPC is a critical care doctor at Kingston General Hospital and a Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario Canada. He is trained in Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, and Clinical Epidemiology. He currently serves as the Director of the Clinical Evaluation Research Unit (CERU) at the Kingston General Hospital which functions as a methods center for multi center clinical research. For over a decade he chaired the Canadian Researchers at the End of Life Network (CARENET), which has a focus on developing and evaluating strategies to improve communication and decision-making at the end of life. Overall, Dr. Heyland has published approximately 400 peer-reviewed papers and raised more than $110 million in external grant support.

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Consultation Services

Dr. Daren Heyland is available for phone and video calls. He can coach you to be sure you are planning for the medical care that is right for you. He charges $125 per 30-minute consultation. Dr. Heyland does not give medical advice on specific medical conditions or prescribe medications. If you are interested in his services, please contact him.