Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Factors contributing to end-of-life care discussions among older adult Latinos
by Toapanta, Yesenia N., M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2015, 106; 1600599
Abstract (Summary)

Older Latinos often resist discussing their end-of-life plans and are least likely to have completed any advance health care directive documentation with their family. The absence of these discussions or creating documented wishes can cause family members to become even more overwhelmed and confused when a loved one is terminally ill and immediate health care decisions need to be made. The purpose of this qualitative study was to understand factors preventing older adult Latinos from participating in conversations regarding end-of-life planning with other family members. Results from 13 interviews revealed that older Latinos were willing to engage in end-of-life care planning conversations with family, but they often lack sufficient information and support to do so. Specific barriers to end-of-life planning for Latinos include a lack of information on advance directives, language and communication barriers, and spiritual beliefs regarding decision-making when one is terminally ill. Directions for future research and social work implications are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wilson, Steve
Commitee: Kim, Mimi, O'Donnell, Julie
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work, School of
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Gerontology, Social work, Public health, Hispanic American studies
Keywords: Advance health care directives, End-of-life careplanning, Latino older adults, Older adults
Publication Number: 1600599
ISBN: 978-1-339-09669-8
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