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|Title:||Advance directives and life-sustaining treatment : informed attitudes of Hong Kong Chinese elders with chronic disease||Authors:||Mok, ESB
End-of-life decision making
|Issue Date:||2010||Publisher:||Wiley-Blackwell||Source:||Journal of nursing and healthcare of chronic illness, 2010, v. 2, no. 4, p. 313-319 How to cite?||Journal:||Journal of nursing and healthcare of chronic illness||Abstract:||Aim
The aim of this study was to examine attitudes towards advance directives and life-sustaining treatment of Chinese older persons with chronic disease in Hong Kong.
The concept of advance directives and related issues are fairly new to people in Hong Kong but they are open to talk about concerns at the end of life rather than treating death as a taboo. Older persons with chronic disease are a group to which end-of-life decision making is particularly relevant. Studies on attitudes of Chinese older persons with chronic disease towards advance directives and life-sustaining treatment will be useful for culturally sensitive practice.
A cross sectional survey was carried out in 2009 in the in-patient wards of a hospital in Hong Kong. Advance directives and related concepts were explained to participants before they were interviewed to ensure they had sufficient background information to give informed attitudes. Quantitative data regarding their attitudes towards the use of advance directives and limited use of life-sustaining treatment were collected.
Two hundred and nineteen participants completed the survey. Being informed of the concept of advance directives and related issues, in general they were able to take side regarding their attitudes regarding advance directives and life-sustaining treatment. They also had a general positive attitude towards the use of advance directives and limited use of life-sustaining treatment for a good death. To them, family was an indispensable part of end-of-life decision making.
Relevance to clinical practice
While concepts such as advance care planning, advance directives and life-sustaining treatment are fairly new to people in Hong Kong, clinicians should make sure patients are fully informed before they are required to make any life-and-death decision. Family members should also be involved in the process of discussion and decision-making.
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