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Surrogate decision-making: judgment standard preferences of older adults.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12959484     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This qualitative study examines the judgment standard preferences of older adults related to surrogate decision-making for medical treatment. Thirty community dwelling adults over the age of 60 were presented with scenarios that depicted three decision-making standards, two of which are the predominant legal standards (substituted judgment and best interests), and a proposed third standard that allows the surrogate to consider the interests of the family in the decision-making process (best judgment). Half of the sample preferred substituted judgment, five preferred best interests, and ten chose best judgment. Selected cases are presented that demonstrate the themes associated with each judgment standard preference.
Crystal Dea Moore; Jennifer Sparr; Susan Sherman; Lisa Avery
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Social work in health care     Volume:  37     ISSN:  0098-1389     ISO Abbreviation:  Soc Work Health Care     Publication Date:  2003  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-09-08     Completed Date:  2003-09-30     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7603729     Medline TA:  Soc Work Health Care     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1-16     Citation Subset:  IM    
The Life Institute at the VA Healthcare Network Upstate New York, Albany, NY 12208, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Advance Directives
Aged, 80 and over
Attitude to Health
Decision Making*
Interviews as Topic
Mental Competency
Middle Aged
Personal Autonomy*

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