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Title: Quality of life concerns and end-of-life care preferences of aged persons in long-term care facilities
Authors: Chan, HYL
Pang, SMC 
Keywords: Advance care planning
Frail elderly
Nursing home
Quality of life
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Source: Journal of clinical nursing, 2007, v. 16, no. 11, p. 2158-2166 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of clinical nursing 
Abstract: Quality of life concerns and end-of-life care preferences of aged persons in long-term care facilities This study aimed at understanding quality of life (QOL) concerns and end-of-life care preferences of older people living in long-term care facilities in Hong Kong. Previous studies about the QOL of residents in long-term care facilities were often from a qualitative perspective, because it could yield an in-depth description of the experience. Quantitative studies in this area were not only scarce, but also less specific in capturing the concerns of this vulnerable group. Their forethought about their care planning was also overlooked. We successfully interviewed 287 older residents from 10 long-term care homes using the modified Quality-of-Life Concerns in the End of Life Questionnaire (QOLC-E) in a cross-sectional survey. The mean (SD) ages of the frail and non-frail groups were 83·8 (6·74) and 82·35 (5·82) respectively. The majority of them were female and widowed. Existential distress, value of life and food-related concerns were the least desirable QOL concerns in both groups. Considerable numbers were uncertain about their end-of-life care preferences and they preferred their physician to be their surrogate. The older residents had similar QOL concerns as patients with terminal or advanced diseases. Most of the older residents welcomed discussion about death and dying but had not planned for their end-of-life care and had a high regard for their physicians' authority. The results reveal the major QOL concerns among the older residents living in long-term care facilities. This study, which is an initial step in profiling the older people's end-of-life care preferences, also shed light on how to formulate advance care planning in long-term care facilities.
ISSN: 0962-1067
EISSN: 1365-2702
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2006.01891.x
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