The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of advance healthcare planning education among independent community-dwelling older adults, ages 60 and over, on their understanding of the advance healthcare planning presentation, including advance healthcare directive and physician's orders for life-sustaining treatments. Data were collected via a demographic survey, an attitudes toward end of life survey, and a pretest and posttest related to the educational presentation. The results indicated a statistically significant overall improvement from pretest to posttest, p = .001. Many older adults do not like to discuss end of life due to a lack of knowledge of health, fear, or guilt. The discussion of the advance directive and physician orders for life-sustaining treatment (POLST) should be addressed in the community setting before the patient is critically ill in the hospital.
|Commitee:||Carter, Thressa Kearney, White, Barbara|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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