RED-MAP is a 6-step guide to future care planning conversations with people whose health is deteriorating, and their families.

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

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


RED-MAP Guide for Care Planning with ReSPECT – Jan 2022 (pdf)
(Developed for NHS Scotland Digital ReSPECT)

Other resources

ACP Prompt Cards Teaching Presentation -Oct 2021
[Slides for ACP communication teaching; download a copy to your device.]

Using RED-MAP Video – April 2020
[developed with Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow

DECIDE Framework – Sept 2021 (pdf)
[Guide for shared decision-making discussions developed with NHS Education for Scotland.]

Talking with people by phone (pdf)

Communication training videos

  • NHS GGC (Greater Glasgow & Clyde): Realistic conversations about Treatment Escalation Plans (TEPs)
    – video for hospital clinicians involved in discussions with patients and their families about future care using TEPs and the RED-MAP Framework.
    Dr McNally talks with Malcolm who has pneumonia. (View this video on u-tube)