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

RED-MAP helps us prepare, share information, find out what is important, and agree goals and actions for a future health and care plan.

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


RED-MAP Care planning with ReSPECT – Sept 2021 (pdf)
Developed for the NHS Scotland ReSPECT digital app – 2021.)

Other resources

Using RED-MAP Video – April 2020
[developed with the 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)