Preferences of Homosexual Men With AIDS for Life-Sustaining Treatment
Volberding, Paul A.
New England Journal of Medicine. 1986 Feb 13; 314(7): 457-460.
Questionnaires completed at two San Francisco health facilities by 118 male homosexuals with AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) revealed that, while the majority had thought about life-sustaining treatment and choice of substitute decision makers and wanted to discuss these issues with their physicians, only one-third had done so. Two-thirds of the patients had provided advance directives to guide care, but only about a quarter had executed a durable power of attorney. The survey also revealed that many of these patients overestimated the effectiveness of life-sustaining treatments. The authors suggest that physicians should take an active role in educating AIDS patients about life-sustaining treatments, in stressing supportive care, and in inviting patients to provide advance directives. (KIE abstract)
Advance Directives; Aids; Allowing to Die; Attitudes; Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome; Communication; Consent; Decision Making; Durable Power of Attorney; Health; Health Facilities; Homosexuals; Life; Living Wills; Males; Patients; Physicians; Prolongation of Life; Power; Questionnaires; Resuscitation; Resuscitation Orders; Survey; Third Party Consent; Withholding Treatment; Wills;
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