REDMAP is a 6-step guide to Future Care Planning conversations with people who are living with a serious illness, health conditions or disabilities that will get worse at some stage, or older people who are becoming frailer. Future care planning involves the person and people who are close to them.

REDMAP was developed by Dr Kirsty Boyd, Reader in Palliative Care, The University of Edinburgh.

REDMAP uses evidence-based communication approaches:
Ekberg et al, 2021 

REDMAP framework

REDMAP Framework Sept 2023 (pdf)

e-REDMAP framework (webpage)

REDMAP cards for staff – September 2023 (pdf)
[Download a copy or use as slides for teaching.]

Other resources

Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS)
Care Planning Toolkit
Meaningful Conversations about care planning

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) 
Having realistic conversations
Care planning with REDMAP

NHS inform Scotland
Public information about Future Care Planning in Scotland
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Using REDMAP – staff training video (June 2023)
Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow 

Talking with people by phone (pdf)

DECIDE model

DECIDE for shared decision-making 
(Nov 2023, pdf)

Realistic conversations – education videos