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Stability Over Time in the Preferences of Older Persons for Life-Sustaining Treatment.
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PMID:  23288442     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Objective: To measure the stability of life-sustaining treatment preferences amongst older people and analyse the factors that influence stability. Design: Longitudinal cohort study. Setting: Primary care centres, Granada (Spain). Eighty-five persons age 65 years or older. Participants filled out a questionnaire with six contexts of illness (LSPQ-e). They had to decide whether or not to receive treatment. Participants completed the questionnaire at baseline and 18 months later. Results: 86 percent of the patients did not change preferences. Sex, age, marital status, hospitalisation, and self-perception of health and pain did not affect preferences. Morbidity and the death of a relative did. Conclusion: Stability of preferences of older persons in relation to end-of-life decisions seems to be more probable than instability. Some factors, such as the death of a relative or the increase in morbidity, can change preferences. These findings have implications for advance directives (ADs) and advance care planning.
Ines M Barrio-Cantalejo; Pablo Simón-Lorda; Adoración Molina-Ruiz; Fátima Herrera-Ramos; Encarnación Martínez-Cruz; Rosa Maria Bailon-Gómez; Antonio López-Rico; Patricia Peinado Gorlat
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-4
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Title:  Journal of bioethical inquiry     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1176-7529     ISO Abbreviation:  J Bioeth Inq     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2013-1-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101250741     Medline TA:  J Bioeth Inq     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Primary Care Centre Almanjayar, Granada, Spain,
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