Goal-setting in care planning Goal-setting in care planning

GoalPlan is a feasibility study co-ordinated by UEA looking at adding goal-setting to the care planning process in primary care for people with more than one long term condition.

The study was completed in 2018. Please use the ‘Study Results’ link on the left to see details of the research findings.

What is this study about? 

A care plan is an agreement between a patient and their doctor that helps them to look after the patient’s health from day to day. Most general practices offer care plans to patients who are likely to have an unexpected hospital stay because of their health problems. But care plans don’t normally include asking patients what changes they want to make to improve their wellbeing. In this study we asked GPs to use a simple way of discussing and agreeing these changes, or goals, with some patients.

The feasibility study involved six Norfolk & Waveney general practices and about 60 patients in total. Three practices were in a ‘standard care planning’ group, and another three practices were in the ‘care planning plus goal-setting’ group. We compared the two groups and aimed to find out:

  • Do patients and GPs like using care plans with specific goals?
  • Do GPs need training in goal-setting for care planning?
  • How might goal-setting change health outcomes?

A copy of the current study protocol can be accessed here.

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Goal-setting in care planning for people with multimorbidity: feasibility study and intervention refinement.

The study is funded by the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Programme.


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If you have any questions about this research, please contact the study researcher or the project lead: 

Liz Lenaghan (Researcher) 
01603 591694 

Professor Nick Steel (Project Lead)

Norwich Medical School
University of East Anglia
Norwich Research Park