The Influence of Ethnicity and Race on Attitudes Toward Advance Directives, Life-Prolonging Treatments, and Euthanasia
Journal of Clinical Ethics. 1993 Summer; 4(2): 155-165.
This study analyzes the influence of race and ethnicity on the knowledge and attitudes of patients concerning advance directives and life-prolonging therapy. The study determines the prefences of African Americans, Hispanics, and non-Hispanic whites on end-of-life medical care and their attitudes toward discussing these issues with their families and physicians. It also explores their attitudes and beliefs about several controversial issues: conflicting family-physician decisions, futility of treatment, and euthanasia.
Advance Directives; African Americans; Aids; Allowing to Die; Artificial Feeding; Attitudes; Cancer; Communication; Decision Making; Dementia; Drugs; Euthanasia; Family Members; Futility; Health; Hispanic Americans; Hospitals; Knowledge; Legal Aspects; Life; Living Wills; Medicine; Minority Groups; Pain; Patient Participation; Patients; Persistent Vegetative State; Physician Patient Relationship; Physicians; Prolongation of Life; Resuscitation; Resuscitation Orders; Socioeconomic Factors; Surgery; Survey; Terminal Care; Terminally Ill; Treatment Refusal; Ventilators; Withholding Treatment; Wills;
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