Elders' End-of-Life Decisions: Implications for Hospice Care
Cicirelli, Victor G.
Hospice Journal. 1997; 12(1): 57-72.
Elders' views on various end-of-life decision options were studied to determine each option's acceptability if they were faced with the need for such decisions. 388 black and white elders aged 60 to 100 responded to 17 decision scenarios depicting situations with a low quality of life, rating acceptability of each of 7 options for each scenario. Based on factor analysis of responses over scenarios, three scores were computed: maintaining life, ending life, and letting others decide. Profile types were identified and related to demographic background and personality variables. Implications for hospice care are drawn.
Aged; Allowing to Die; Assisted Suicide; Attitudes; Comparative Studies; Decision Making; Dementia; Euthanasia; Family Members; Hospices; Life; Patient Participation; Physicians; Prolongation of Life; Quality of Life; Socioeconomic Factors; Suicide; Survey; Terminal Care; Voluntary Euthanasia; Withholding Treatment;
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