The purpose of this study was to explore knowledge of and attitudes toward advance directives among older adults, as well as their actual execution of such documents. The sample consisted of 30 older adults who completed a self-administered survey. Participants were fairly knowledgeable about advance directives and most had positive attitudes. Those who had executed an advance directive were more likely than others to want to make end-of-life decision making easier for family members and to view the form as easy to complete. They were less likely to view an advance directive as not being essential at this point in their life.
The results suggested that education programs should focus on the impact of end-of-life decision making on family members, the ease of completion of the form, and the need for an advance directive regardless of age or health condition.
|Commitee:||Brocato, Jo, Santhiveeran, Janaki|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Social Work, School of|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 54/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Advance directives, End of life care, Living will|
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