Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Attitudes toward and knowledge of advance directives: A quantitative study
by Obidos, Charisa, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2015, 48; 1592658
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Potts, Marilyn
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
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Social work
Keywords: Advance directives, End of life care, Living will
Publication Number: 1592658
ISBN: 9781321881745
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