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Death and dying from old people's point of view. A literature review.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15195983     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Providing high-quality end-of-life care to older people is a requirement especially for countries with a high proportion of old and very old people. This calls for an understanding of older people's view of death and dying, and one way forward is to investigate the current knowledge base. This study aimed at reviewing the literature of empirical studies about older people's view of death and dying, whether in a terminal phase of life or not. A total of 33 publications were included, identified in a stepwise literature search done in Medline, CINAHL and PsychInfo, using the terms "death", "attitude to death", "death" and "dying" in combination with "aged". Very few studies focused solely on the oldest old. The designs were mainly cross-sectional, quantitative or qualitative, using personal interviews. Some common themes of importance for further research were revealed, such as older people's readiness to talk about death and dying, conceptions of death, after-death and dying, and were seemingly related to anxiety about death, the impact on and of those close by, having both negative and positive connotations, especially related to balancing closeness, being a burden and dependency, death anxiety and its possible antecedents, the fine line between natural sadness and suffering from depression, and worry about the end-of-life phase. The lack of studies dealing with older people's view of death and dying, and the heterogeneity with regard to research questions and samples implies that findings may serve mainly as inspiration for further research.
Ingalill Rahm Hallberg
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Aging clinical and experimental research     Volume:  16     ISSN:  1594-0667     ISO Abbreviation:  Aging Clin Exp Res     Publication Date:  2004 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-06-15     Completed Date:  2005-01-14     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101132995     Medline TA:  Aging Clin Exp Res     Country:  Italy    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  87-103     Citation Subset:  IM    
The Swedish Institute for Health Sciences, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Aging / psychology*
Anxiety / psychology
Attitude to Death*
Codependency (Psychology)
Depression / psychology
Family / psychology
Fear / psychology
Life Support Care / psychology
Mental Health
Middle Aged
Personal Autonomy
Quality of Life / psychology
Terminally Ill / psychology

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